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Re: Red Hat on patent FUD

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Red Hat on patent FUD
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 23:29:38 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss amicus_curious <> wrote:
> "ml2mst" <> wrote in message 
> news:gq2fsa$apa$

> You are wrong.  Patents are simply a means to protect the ideas of 
> innovators from wanton copycatting by others.

Sorry, but you are wrong here.  There's no protection involved, because
the ideas aren't in any danger.  The ideas are enhanced rather than
damaged if they are copied by others.

No, patents are a means of _restricting_ the use of the ideas of

> 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.

Well, that's a very vague and very woolly.  Traditionally, especially in
the USA, people who've thought of new things set up companies and get
rich by making those things and selling them to eager customers.  "need
to be rewarded" suggests more the idea of a large government fund paying
out taxpayers' money to privileged people.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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