I'm not sure if copyright would have a direct influence on innovation.
However, I can see an indirect influence on innovation if copyright is used to prevent use of research studies / papers. That way, everyone is potentially starting from scratch instead of building off the works of others.
As one example, imagine trying to connect two computers today on different sides of the country if the copyright was used to prevent folks from using the TCP/IP Protocol? I suspect our lives would be very different today.
Oatmeal studios doesn't seem to want to prevent "The Oatmeal" from selling cards; it just wants to prevent him from doing so under a name similar to theirs.
I admit the two names are pretty similar and I can see confusion. If I'm buying greeting cards in a store; it seems unlikely I'll do a Google search to find out more details on specific companies [or not]
Has anyone been talking about moving to Windows 8 phones?
That said; I have a friend who runs an iPhone dev conference and he says a lot of his customers are watching Windows Phone very closely. If MS can get consumers to care; I suspect developers will follow.
What Restrictions does the Apache License place on code?
"The government should be able set up an Apache-like setup, but one without any restrictions on the code."
What restrictions does the Apache License place upon the code?
The license, as I understand it; says one can do anything to the code. You can modify it; extend it, sell it, create your own version without any restrictions, release it under a different license, etc...
Did you know that most non-Apple devices use micro-USB cables? these ports are significantly smaller than the 30 pin Apple Connector and as best I can tell, significantly smaller than the Apple 19 pin connector.
And cables / power supplies are almost trivial to find. If Apple truly wanted something smaller, why didn't it go for that?