Another way to frame the debate is to look at a relevant example from history: the Pony Express. The Pony Express was started in 1860. Teams of fast and daring horseback riders carried mail and packages across the U.S. within 10 days, which at the time was a remarkable achievement.
Unfortunately for the Pony Express riders, 18 months later Samuel Morse launched the telegraph. The telegraph was a creatively disruptive innovation, leading to even more amazing inventions such as the telephone and the Internet. The advent of the telegraph meant that the Pony Express became obsolete and all of its workers lost their jobs.
Should the telegraph have been put on hold because of its negative impact on the Pony Express?
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Software Patents = Telegraph?
Phil Albert, a LinuxInsider columnist and partner at Townsend & Townsend and Crew LLP raises an interesting analogy on the software patent debate in this article: