For starters, software often does not require the type of heavy investment that should result in a 20-year monopoly. Instead of expensive laboratories or years of testing for FDA approval, for example, you often just need a coder and a computer. Even complex programs donít require 20 years of exclusivity to recoup their investment.\
You sir, are mistaken. I live in Cupertino. A giant two story building was full of nothing but software engineers working on Java for Sun that is until they outgrew it and moved somewhere else and got more space. They were only in my neighborhood for four or five years. There must have been a couple of hundred of them so just for the period while they were here that's 800 person years of effort and expense.
The local merchants were sorry to see them go but then Apple took off and took over the building probably filled it with iOS engineer or something like that.
Not everything is trivial. Some things take huge investments over many years.
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