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Lessig is unfairly stereotyping all litigious software IP defenders as, in the words of the article’s author, “patent-wielding legacy businesses.” Many innovative software companies consider IP development—culminating, they hope, in patentable innovations—as part of their core business model and hoped-for revenue stream. We’re talking startups and small businesses, as well as the Microsofts of the world, and we’re talking new software development, not just legacy software patents. As long as the current system of software patents endures, inventors—large and small--would be remiss in their fiduciary responsibility to their investors if they didn’t attempt to seek whatever legal protections the current system offers. Lessig’s primary beef is with the software patent system as a whole. And there’s a lot in the current system that needs to be reformed. But it’s unfair for him to stigmatize people and companies that are only doing their best under the rules of the current system.