[ILUG] ILUG sends s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs
paul at clubi.ie
Sun Mar 20 14:37:54 GMT 2005
On Sun, 20 Mar 2005, David Golden wrote:
> I do hope that happened _after_ you'd read through provided links
> to venture capitalist and deutsche bank research anti-swpat
I had read about the venture capitalist already, wasn't aware of the
Deutsche bank thing. BTW, I do sort of agree with you, and your mails
have been quite insightful :).
> which are likely far more convincing than mine, because I disagree
> with all patents in principle. One of the things I do wish
> anti-software patent people would be more careful of is the fact
> that with a bit of thought, many of their arguments apply equally
> well to other fields upon which patents have been inflicted.
Thing is, I think "Patents are bad, we should get rid of them!" is an
academic argument right now. And its not really immediately relevant.
I can't see the general idea of patents being scrapped any time soon
- for the short/mid term all you can do is try refine the existing
patent system (or lobby to have it refined).
"Get rid of patents" is just hopeless, but I would be interested in
citizenship application forms if you manage to fork society..
> It's "special" because copyright* exists to be undermined , but
> other than that, yes, fine, I agree with you: patents are generally
> undermining. But if a city is being generally undermined, pointing
> out to owners of a particular building that their building is being
> undermined is not untrue.
This is btw why I'm actually reasonably optimistic about the future
(in pragmatic terms). If the current patent brokenness becomes
problematic enough, it will be changed/reformed. It's already bad
enough that several large corporates now are advocating for patent
reform - at least in the US.
> (*note: I ultimately disagree with copyright in its current form too,
> but patenting won't kill it for reasons you outlined...)
It'd be nice to live in a liberal society, where information, ideas
and creative works can always flow freely and which still finds a way
to allow the creators of those to eat. Don't forget to send me those
citizenship papers when you setup this society :).
1. Including my employer, a largeish US multinational corporation.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie paul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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