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Tony Sumner wrote: | On Thu, Jul 07, 2005 at 11:43:09AM +0100, Neil Williams wrote: | |> Don't compare hardware patents for physical inventions (ones that |> you can trip over / walk into) with software that is a form of |> speech. | | I am aware of the distinction. I thought I'd make the point that | patents don't work very well for inventions either. cf | http://www.researchoninnovation.org/patent.pdf
My comment about ICBM's was made before I knew about the events in London - I wouldn't have put it that way if I'd known. Quite a horrible comparison to London yesterday.
Can't help feeling that ID cards and a surveillance society has just come a little bit closer; the reaction to this horror is going to make security far more popular than scares about Big Brother and liberty. A sad day indeed.
|> Arguing from the physical invention stand point will only lead to |> confusion about what is and what is not a software patent. | | I wasn't intending to argue anything and I don't want to cause | confusion but thanks for the exposition anyway.
Neil Williams ============= http://www.codehelp.co.uk/ http://www.dclug.org.uk/ http://www.isbn.org.uk/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/isbnsearch/
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