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Re: Red Hat on patent FUD

From: dr_nikolaus_klepp
Subject: Re: Red Hat on patent FUD
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:54:56 +0100
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amicus_curious wrote:

> You are wrong.  Patents are simply a means to protect the ideas of
> innovators from wanton copycatting by others.  Those who can think of new
> things to do need to be rewarded or else we will be faced with a steep
> decline in technological progress.  How many copies of commercial
> applications do we really need?

sorry to say, that was true in 1890, but is not true any more. in that time
a patent lasted 5 years. that was reasonable. today a patent is a "you must
not think about this" paper. i know 'cause i own such paper. patents are
just a good way for layers to make a good living by ideas of others.

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