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Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch

From: AES/newspost
Subject: Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 17:42:03 -0000
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In article <x5wu2fe2u5.fsf@lola.goethe.zz>, David Kastrup <> 

> Uh, you are forgetting one thing: everyone else has the option of
> buying a licence from you.  That's the whole point in the first place.

a)  Buying a license is NOT an option that's necessarily available to 
everyone else -- only if the patent holder chooses to offer a license, 
at whatever price he sets.  Other than a few exceptional situations, 
there's no general requirement that a patent holder offer licenses; he 
can just bar everyone else from using the idea at all.

b)  And in any case allowing the patent holder to make a profit on the 
patent is not at all "the whole point in the first place".  Read the 
Constitution; the (alleged) purpose is "to promote progress" of the 
broader community.

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