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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: Fri, 07 May 2004 14:21:52 +0200
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Michael Elizabeth Chastain <> writes:

> The GPL has worked fine for copyrights.  I've often wondered if it
> would be useful to start a GPL-like patent pool instead of just
> knocking down other people's patents.

I don't see what good that would do.  If you want to ensure that your
idea stays free, just publish it instead of patenting it and then
contributing it to some kind of pool.  The former ensures that the idea
stays free (and is much cheaper and easier), just like the GPL ensures
that an implementation of the idea stays free.


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