Re: Just get over yourself Apple and compete!
It's not an easy issue, particuarly given the complexity of the patents involved. On the one hand, companies shouldn't be able to freely copy Apple. On the other hand, Apple's closed nature begs to be copied because the company insists on owning everything -- can you imagine how much an iPhone would be if Apple were the only company allowed to use the touchscreen model it pioneered? Frankly, it's hard to side with either company. Our patent system is a mess. But the alternative, rampant copying, doesn't work well -- see the app market. Many of these rules which made sense in the industrial age no longer work in the information age, when designs can be knocked off in days...but lawmakers seem unwilling to try bold fixes. So we're stuck with a system that's bad for everyone.