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Re: Getting rid of software patents = All software becomes free?

From: mike3
Subject: Re: Getting rid of software patents = All software becomes free?
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 18:15:41 -0800 (PST)
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On Dec 8, 7:11 pm, mike3 <> wrote:
> Hi.
> I saw this:
> Note:
> "It's not as if the various manufacturing companies don't have very
> good reasons for keeping the code
> and specifications closed. They all infringe on each other's patents,
> however none of this can be
> proved without the various plans. Releasing anything is a big risk,
> not necessarily a certain one,
> since they could countersue for whatever the opponent infringes, but a
> possible problem
> nevertheless."
> So if there were no software patents, there'd be no more to sue over,
> and hence the "very good reasons" for (eternally!) hiding the source
> code would evaporate like mist in the heat of the day. Poof, like
> magic, they'd be gone! And suddenly there would be no problem with
> releasing software as Free and we'd finally have FREEDOM on the PC!!!!
> Ain't it great? Get rid of software patenting!
> But alas the companies don't want that, they *want* patents on their
> software...

OK, maybe the title was a little off. All software would not
become Free, the companies would still have to decide that on their
own, but it would knock out one of the biggest legs the non-Free
theory of software development and licensing stands on.

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