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Re: Why are software patents wrong?

Subject: Re: Why are software patents wrong?
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 22:42:58 -0500
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On 2004-10-16, threeseas <> wrote:
> Two catagories of answers:
> symptoms and cause
> or from the other direction:
> cause and effect.
> Seems to me many have found arguement against software patents that only 
> deal with the symptoms or effect of software patents, rather then the 

Those effects are the only thing that are relevant.

> more fundamental underlying reasons why software doesn't qualify for 
> patent status.

Those effects are the only thing that ultimately legally allow any form
of intellectual property to exist at all. Patents have never really been
anything more than a means to achieve a particular stated (in the US
Constitution) public policy objective.


        Negligence will never equal intent, no matter how you 
attempt to distort reality to do so. This is what separates         ||| 
the real butchers from average Joes (or Fritzes) caught up in      / | \
events not in their control.


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