The Rise and Fall of the Independent Developer

Craig Hockenberry:

From our experience, it's entirely possible that all the revenue for a product can be eaten up by legal fees. After years of pouring your heart and soul into that product, it's devastating. It makes you question why the hell you're in the business: when you can't pay salaries from product sales, there's no point in building it in the first place.

Needless to say that software patents need to be killed. They create a system where only two kinds of companies can feel safe from devastating legal issues: huge corporations that have incredibly deep patent portfolios, and patent trolls. Marco Arment notes:

The best thing to happen to software-patent-disliking geeks might be for Google to get their ass kicked a bit by patent litigation so they’re motivated to challenge the patent system more seriously than any of us ever could.

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