Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Apple's Steve Wozniak Fears Patent Wars Reduce Innovation

The Australian Financial Review has an interview with Steve Wozniak, Apple's cofounder, in which Steve raises concerns about the patent wars:
“Companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! all started by new thinkers with new ideas. Now, with this big patent situation, there are certain categories that are heavily blocked off because the big companies make sure they own it all.”
I'm finishing up Tim Wu's The Master Switch with my Internet and Public Policy class, and this book is definitely worth the read. Wu covers the history of innovation in the US, including the film, radio, telephone, and television industries, and ends discussing whether the Internet will fall victim to the type of closed system described by Wozniak above.

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