Software patents continue to be a devastating barrier to companies and programmers who might otherwise create some wonderful things for us. Certain evil companies run by misguided and greedy people collect patents for the sole purpose of extorting money from companies and people who create things.
A few years ago I wrote an article called Freedom is Free! on software creation and the oppressive legal issues surrounding it. Today I came across an NPR article that does a most excellent job of laying out the problem for people who may be unfamiliar with the issue.
So this quick post is solely for this purpose, to point out that most excellent article on the problems with software patents called When Patents Attack. In it you will find the twisted and manipulative logic used by “patent trolls” to justify their own parasitic greed.