Matthew C. Weigel weigel+ at
Tue Aug 28 17:46:41 UTC 2001

On Tue, 28 Aug 2001 nights at wrote:

> >There is always an opinion - "should software methods be patentable,"
> >or "does the DMCA appropriately represent the well-accepted
> >cost/benefit analysis of copyright?"
> In Europe at least, software under patent is legal fact, not opinion.
> Software processes are not patentable except as a part of an overall
> non-software process - each case seperately considered.

See what I wrote above - "*should* software methods be patentable..."
In Europe, there's a legal decision, which has no bearing on individual
decisions.  Just like everywhere else.

Even if you're not in the USA, you can have an opinion on the DMCA,
too.  I don't think there's a law against that.
 Matthew Weigel
 Research Systems Programmer
 mcweigel at ne weigel at

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