Trivial patents *not the problem* (was: Re: [ILUG] Re: ILUG sends
s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs)
colm at stdlib.net
Mon Mar 21 14:02:49 GMT 2005
On Mon, Mar 21, 2005 at 01:53:38PM +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> 1. There are no vacuum cleaner hobbists, no pharmacutical startups, no
> companies that develop a custom in-house oven for baking the staff
> dinners, and no person ever manufactures a car "because I needed to go to
> the supermarket".
> Software is different.
Software is different, but it doesn't have a divine right to be. Why
shouldn't democratic society decide that we can do without software
hobbyists in favour of greater employment (say) ? That's the argument
you have to explain.
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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