Just today dutch online magazine the Correspondent has an article diving into that: the possibility is that the rather new Chinese investment bank AIIB is making a lot of US politicians a bit uneasy. (amongst other reasons because various EU-countries contributed to the founding of that bank-giving them some influence in the banks policies).
The article discusses the possibility that treaties like TPP and TTIP could be an attempt to keep the world under US control.
That culture is not unique to IT. It's in fact so old and so common that in my language there's an old proverb about this culture: "to fill up the well after the calf has drowned in it". Sums it up quite nicely.
I've been in pain and on strong painkillers once. It taught me that you're in no condition to think straight. Like, at all. Most strong painkillers really impacts your ability to think and reason (it's called "being on drugs" by us laypeople for a reason).
Add to that the aftershock of the accident, and no lawyer in the family or friend circle to ask advice from, and the mistake this young girl made is an easy one to make for anyone in her condition.
I can remember that the company I work for used to have a gimmick at seminars etc they attended: one of them automatic orange juice makers connected to the internet via a plc or something. Customers attending the seminar could place an order for orange juice days in advance, via internet. It was a nice commercial thingy promoting our ERP software. And this was at the end of the 20th century.
So how can this patent be innovative when even last century it was nice and gimmicky but not really actually new-new??
[blasé fashionistavoice] oh that is sooooo last century [/blasé fashionistavoice]
Be careful with wishing stronger and/or longer copyright as a solution for an european economic crisis. You don't want those poor hollywood movie studios having to pay huge sums of money to the europeans for using our folktales and fairy tales?
On the other hand, if we do make this so and then produce a bunch of movies based on ancient Greek mythology, this might be a nice solution to "The Greek Problem"...