Monday, August 09, 2010

Copyright and Patenting

It is obvious that the internet offers numerous types of bloggers.   You have those bloggers that inform, recommend, steer and encourage others.  And you have the bloggers, that seem to continually stir the pot so to speak, by warning, dissuading others by always blogging in a manner that is negative.

The second type of blogger, I shall call the attention seekers, for lack of a better phrase to designate their existence.  These attention seekers, rather than spending time on constructive projects and their time in helping others, they spend their time in criticizing others or finding fault in products or other persons.  I am not sure if it is because these individuals lack the creativeness to pursue positive and substantial activities or if they have always been the type of individual that receives attention only from their negative actions.

Some parents only reward their children attention, when they misbehave.  These same children when they become adults, continue to act like misbehaving children to get attention.   You know the type of bloggers, the ones who post conspiracy theories about historical events or those who comment or reply to other bloggers in negative manner so as to get a rise or insight drama over a topic of discussion.  The wise learn to avoid responding to these type of comments and often find the blogs that they produce to be a waste of time to acknowledge.

Today I heard a blog about a company stealing ideas from developers and patenting them.  I suspect that the article was written to insight drama and to gain attention to their blog.   It is obvious the person writing the blog, has no concept of business in general.   What I would say to this ... if you are a developer and you have not patented or copyrighted your materials and ideas, then it is your fault Any intelligent developer or entrepreneur knows the first rules of developing a site or application is to protect your proprietary property by use of patent or copyright.   

Back in the day, it was well known by early pioneers in the developing computer fields that you didn't show your products to others in the field, as ideas are often stolen or copied.  This has occurred since day one and will continue.  I would say protect your ideas.  Keep the lid on your ideas until released.  Don't think also that you are the only person that has come up with the idea of the paper clip or 'to do list' app.   It is possible that others may think of the same applications, ideas and sites that you have thought of ... but the first to patent or copyright has the privileges to claim them.

I own several copyrights on software I developed in the 1980's.  That was one of the first actions I took when I launched my software and company ideas. 

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