Patent Trolls

Patent trolls are lame. Same with trademark trolls. And other trolls that just frustrate and waste the time of startups. Today I spoke with a startup that wasted valuable time and money fending off a pesky trademark troll. What a waste! But what else could they do?

I think Google was right in adopting the motto "don't be evil" because it really make sense for the technology world (and really the world as a whole).

It seems so simple, yet it's not common practice not be evil. I think the good thing about laws are that they establish somewhat of a boundary of no matter what you absolutely cannot be THIS bad or you will be punished but the issue with them is that many people (including myself) decide that "rules are meant to be broken" and there is no perfect rule that is not exploitable. So people will typically either exploit rules to exploit them, or people are genuinely a little evil but sensible just enough to not want to get arrested or sued themselves.

This general attitude of "but I'm not breaking the law" is what I find annoying and useless. Being good is not just being loyal to the PoPo but loyal to generally having a good moral compass. Now that is VERY subjective but I think there are a lot of things people can generally agree are good and bad. And also, more often than not, perpatraters who claim they know no better, really know the difference between 'evil' and 'good' and decide to be 'evil' because it's legal.

In general the law should not be your moral compass. 1) because the law can be wrong sometimes and 2) the law is just the boundary case of what is absolutely unnacceptable. I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions to this, but I make it simple for myself so it's just how I see things. Certain things are right and certain things are not.

For instance patent trolling is wrong. A patent is a legitimate way to encourage innovation, so don't use it to hinder it. Someone who just squats on patents and tries to debunk any somewhat successful person from building something awesome (or just wasting their time/resources) is evil in my book. Or at least not good. 

I know this is kind of a ramble. But it kind of makes sense.

TL;DR - don't be evil. 

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