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Re: Why are software patents wrong?

From: mlw
Subject: Re: Why are software patents wrong?
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 14:15:29 GMT
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threeseas wrote:

> 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
>> more fundamental underlying reasons why software doesn't qualify for
>> patent status.
>> So how about it?
>> why do you think software should not be patentable? and is your answer
>> cause or effect?
> So far I have seen only at best "symptoms" or "effects" in comment
> responses.

The "effects" are obvious, skippy. A patent is a legal monopoly on a
technique. If the technique is obvious, it limits creativity and

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