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Accidental Empires, Part 14 -- Software Envy (Chapter 8)

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Fourteenth in a series. We resume Robert X. Cringely's serialization of his 1991 tech-industry classic Accidental Empires after short repast during a period of rapid-fire news. This installment reveals much about copying -- a hot topic in lawsuits today -- and how copyrights and patents apply to software and why the latter for a long time didn't. Mitch Kapor, the father of Lotus 1-2-3, showed up one day at my house but wouldn’t come inside. “You have a cat in there, don’t you?” he asked. Not one cat but two, I confessed. I am a sinner. Mitch is allergic to… [Continue Reading]

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