Obama addressed the thorny issue at the behest of tech-entrepreneur Limor Fried, an engineer and the CEO of New York City-based Adafruit, an online marketplace for everyday tools, electronics and equipment that the community is encouraged to modify or “hack.” Fried, who was also Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 Entreprenuer of the Year, asked the President what he planned to do to limit the abuse of software patents. While Obama’s comments about patent trolls were encouraging for the high-tech community, he also talked about just how hard these issues of Internet freedom and copyright protection are to resolve.
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