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Comment Re:Small Government? (Score 1) 186

All inventing is done by people, but those inventions are owned by the companies they work for in most cases.

Also statistically you're way off. The patent office in the US tracks these things:
In 2015:

That's an order of magnitude more patents submitted by corporations than by individuals FYI.

Comment Re:Small Government? (Score 1) 186

All of these assumptions revolve around something nobody ever discusses. Would there be competition at all?

In a new field, be it air travel or vehicle design or blood tests, how does the market 'choose' when only the inventor exists?

Lets pretend for a moment that we've abolished patents as well so that everyone can just copy the ideas they see -- why would most modern inventors bother?

I'm not talking about people who invent things because they're just brilliant and want to, I'm talking about people who get paid by companies like Boeing and General Electric to come up with marketable ideas.

The free market determining outcomes is based on a faulty premise that we would be in the situation we're in now at all without the regulations we've had until now.

Comment Re:The question is is there payola involved? (Score 2) 43

Whenever someone "reaches an agreement" payola is involved.

Not necessarily. In this case, Comcast got another bauble for it's array of X1 services and Netflix probably gets closer to some metric like "Integrate to profitable platforms". If both are seen as advantageous by the respective parties, there may not have been any money that changed hands. That may be unlikely, but it is possible.

The part I find odd is that you somehow assume that, outside of providing you with the contracted service for the given price, that the companies involved have some responsibility to run their businesses without other external financial interactions. Does this extend to the other vendors Netflix deals with (like Samsung)? After all, you paid for the TV and so you deserve a rebate from Netflix? I feel dumber for having to type that, but that's what you're saying.

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