[oclug] Fwd: [edlug] Rather Depressing
sphex at sympatico.ca
Fri Mar 18 22:37:33 EST 2005
Adrian Irving-Beer wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 19, 2005 at 01:25:03AM +0000, Greg wrote:
>>>>That is what a patent forbids.
>>>That's a common misconception. A patent for a method of skinning
>>>cats does not patent all methods for skinning cats, and there is
>>>more than one way to do it.
> Do you have a specific URL supporting that statement? I was of the
> same understanding as Rod, myself, and scanning the front page doesn't
> seem to provide any text to the contrary, nor could I find a section
> on the legal issues regarding patents.
Four out of ten articles on that page deal with software patents.
Six out of fourteen on the headlines only page :
From his post, Rod seems to be severely ill-informed regarding the
current controversies. I thought the front page might be a good place
where he might start informing himself. If nothing else, the four
articles would be a good start. Your browser's text search function...
look for "Patent" (uppercase "P", omit the quote marks)... will find
three of the four, or five of the six. I recommend 'Slip, Sliding Away
on Software Patents', plus the pages it links to.
Furthermore, both pages link to a search function, third item in the
reader's lefthand column, labelled "Search". Unfortunately, it is slow
and quits discarding results after a minute. However, a search for
"patent", in 'stories', in the first three months of this year, "found
69 items", some of which appear to be relevant.
I had thought also to link to the archive of this, OCLUG, list, but I
was busy and I can't remember which link reaches the archive and which
reaches a page which links to it. Wait.. here it is :
There have been many articles and links posted here, regarding the
innovation-stiffling effects of patents, copyright, and other
"intellectual property" rights. One is a remark, by yourself, about the
US Patent Office, in this very thread. Others will be more difficult to
find, but I expect.. I thought people would have noticed.
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