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Re: Why are software patents wrong?

From: threeseas
Subject: Re: Why are software patents wrong?
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 21:45:24 GMT
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Paul Hovnanian P.E. wrote:
Alexander Terekhov wrote:

"Paul Hovnanian P.E." wrote:

Software is the implementation of an algorithm, which is not patentable.

Really? Sez who?

Copyright law is more suitable for the protection of software.

From the above link:

"It is more appropriate to consider the software objects of a computer program as analogous to the gears, pulleys, and levers of a mechanical invention, as by its very nature, the design of computer software is intended to optimize functionality by making a program run faster, use less memory, or be easier for the programmer to modify. When viewed as a collection of software objects combined in such a way as to optimally perform various tasks, the design of computer software closely resembles the design of functional devices protected by patent law rather than the non-functional, non literal elements of creative authorial works protected under copyright law."

I don't disagree with the above logic, but where it makes sense in the
physical world, it is much more difficult to apply to software.

It kinda looks like and apple, but it kinda looks like an orange too. But it tastes like fruit punch.... mixed with V8.

Unlike hardware, there are numerous ways to implement the same function
(task) in software. Given a task description or algorithm, different
programmers will follow different paths to solve the same problem. With
the wide choice in high level languages and clean room programming
procedures, this is almost inevitable.

However, given increasingly advanced programming tools, two different
source inputs might, after optimization, generate identical run time
objects. I've worked with an automated code generation system that could
reliably generate identical solutions from widely differing input
styles, so long as the goals described were the same and the
descriptions were complete.

given the vegi-fruit punch.... if you think about some specific vegi, fruit or spice, you can taste it.

and it really didn't matter much which ingredients they added in what sequence... for once the blender is turned gonna taste the same.

and its getting where anyone can turn the blender on....

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