Originally Posted by macarena
While it is legal to deny licensing, I believe that denying licensing is not a sensible strategy.
Jobs said something to the effect of - I don't want your money, even if you offer $5B. Just stop copying my ideas. That is clearly denying licensing at any rate. Nothing wrong with it per se. But this is one of the reasons for the current mess.
No, this is not, "one of the reasons for the current mess." The "current mess" as you call it came about because Google is lazy, ruthless and unethical, and has, over the years, methodically stolen other people's IP, created cheap imitations of other peoples products, and given them away for free in order to destroy the market for those seeking profits through selling innovative products, so that Google can earn advertising revenues off the backs of the people who did the actual heavy lifting.
They followed this exact strategy with Android, initially copying market leader RIM, but quickly shifting their copying efforts to iOS when it became apparent that Apple had created something revolutionary and unique with the iPhone.
So, the "current mess" came about because Google wasn't interested in investing the effort to attempt to develop something new and unique themselves, but intentionally created a cheap knockoff of iOS to be given away for free in order to make the smartphone market commercially unviable for anyone else. So far, because Apple has been able to stay so far ahead of them, and fended them off to some degree with legal challenges, they've been unsuccessful in destroying the market. Now they want the government to change the law and reward them for their lack of original work by making their chief competitor's original work public domain property.
Apple creates. Google steals and destroys. The difference between the two companies could not be starker. Without Apple's original work, Android as it is today would not even exist, because Google would not have had anything to copy it from. If Google is worried they can't keep Android viable without infringing Apple's IP, they should either do the hard work to develop an alternate paradigm for the smartphone, like Apple did*, or they should drop out of the market. What must not happen is that Google be rewarded for being lazy and dishonest.
* Apple didn't whine that RIM's technology should be made public domain, they created something wholly new that surpasses it. There's no reason other than laziness and lack of genius in their engineers that Google couldn't do the same. The iPhone paradigm is not the only viable smartphone universe. It's just the only one we know today and that Google's limited imagination can conceive. Android is not an achievement of Google, it's an indictment of them, and an embarrassing example of their complete inability to do anything original.Edited by anonymouse - 7/22/12 at 9:53pm