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Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch

From: phil hunt
Subject: Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 03:29:41 +0100
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On 15 May 2004 20:17:52 GMT, Lee Hollaar <> wrote:
>In article <> 
> (phil hunt) writes:
>>On Sat, 15 May 2004 15:13:11 -0400, Barry Margolin <> 
>>>In article <>,
>>> (phil hunt) wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 14 May 2004 16:45:21 -0400, Barry Margolin <> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >No, I didn't overlook it.  My point is that without patents, even these 
>>>> >rare wins would be virtually impossible.  Patents are one of the few 
>>>> >weapons a small player can wield against a behemoth like Microsoft.
>>>> On the contrary, patents help microsoft in their fight against pesky 
>>>> competition, especially that of the open source variety. MS *loves* 
>>>> patents, because it gives them the chance to make it a crime for 
>>>> anyone to compete with them.
>>>Of course it helps Microsoft.  It helps *everyone* -- big guys and 
>>>little guys.
>>So, IYO, criminalising open source software helps people who use 
>>open source software.
>At least in the United States, there are no criminal provisions that
>stem from patent infringement.

If you infringe a patent, and a court tells you to stop doing it, 
and you keep on doing it, I expect sooner or later the authorities 
will arrest and imprison you.

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