I'll play Devil's Advocate. Just for fun, here's a math word problem for those who miss high school:
Bob's motorcycle manufacturing company, Big Moto, spends a couple zillion bucks designing the most amazing thing on two wheels. Completely revolutionary drivetrain, handles like it's on rails, most comfortable thing ever built, and everyone on the planet wants one. Yay Bob. Each one sold now comes with a full set of schematics, all of the software, etc. etc., as required by our new law. Three days later, a company called Bad Juju comes out with an identical model for 1/16 the price.
Meanwhile, Bob sells a total of three bikes before Bad Juju puts him out of business. Two of the new owners are shade tree mechanics, and have gone into the ECM programming to remove the speed limiter, disable traction control, and gererally screw with whatever else they found in there. One of them loses it in a curve at 210 MPH, and the other gets his face caught in the HyperDrive while trying to modify it for more power.
Now class, using the information provided above, please answer the following:
1. How many lawsuits is Big Moto, Inc. currently facing?
a. None, because owners always accept full responsibility for modifications they make to a product.
b. A few, but hey, big corporations have unlimited funds that they've *stolen* from their customers and/or employees.
c. Holy shit.
2. How many of Big Moto's investors are contemplating or acting on homicidal fantasies now that we've wiped them out?
a. None, investors know launching new products is always risky.
b. A few, but hey, failure builds character and wisdom, right?
c. Holy shit.
3. How many small companies will be inspired to take the risks to market a revolutionary new product in the future?
a. All of them, because intellectual property laws and responsible consumers make the above scenario impossible!
b. A few, because entrepreneurial spirit and stupidity go hand-in-hand.
Please pass your papers forward. Grades will be available online within 48 hours.
(Oh, you want the source code for the website so you can change your own grade as well? Sure, no problem.)