Originally Posted by jragosta
Actually, the sum total of 1-3 is 1 or close to 1 for almost everyone.
As soon as you write something unique, you have a copyright on that work.
It's almost impossible to enforce until you REGISTER the copyright, but any work that you create is copyrighted from the moment of creation.
Sorry, I was not clear. I meant that if we added up the number of people here who responded to 1-3, the answer would be 0 or close to 0, because few if any people here probably have any patents or copyrights.
It is the same story every time the patent issue gets raised here - the system is broken, you can patent an idea, etc. and yet few if any people know much if anything about how the system works.
Yes, one can have an opinion, but to declare that something is "broken" requires a minimum knowledge of how that thing is in the normal state. To the best of my knowledge there are only a couple of patent lawyers who post here. So most of the declarations are by people who think Apple is getting the short end of the stick (which they may be, but without reading the patent and the complaint, and knowing what it means one does not know), and yet if it were MS being sued for the same thing, they would be cheering yea.