Slashdot is very adept at pointing out the antics of the MAFIAA (MPAA and RIAA), and their effort to sue people for downloading "undocumented" music and movies. There is always someone who makes a valid point that people are not paying for music simply because they are cheap and P2P is easier, but also because the quality of music has been degrading over time. So my question to slashdot, is this true?
"The Patent Reform Act, supported by several large tech vendors including Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp., would allow courts to change they way they assess damages in patent infringement cases. Currently, courts generally consider the value of the entire product when a small piece of the product infringes a patent; the bill would allow, but not require, courts to base damages only on the value of the infringing piece.
Programmers do it bit by bit.