STWL 1.0, revision 3
rousskov at measurement-factory.com
Mon Nov 15 16:11:20 UTC 2004
On Mon, 2004/11/15 (MST), <bfastenrath at mac.com> wrote:
> Thorsten Glaser wrote:
>> You acknowledge that a thing comparable to "software patents"
>> (patents on algorithms, business models and data structures)
>> exists, thus voiding _our_ tries to get that out of the mind
>> of people.
> Do you suggest that nuclear waste shouldn't be mentioned
> because if we don't talk about it it might vanish?
Real objects do not behave like make-believe concepts. The rules of the
game are different for each class. Nuclear waste is real; one can touch
it. Its existence does not depend on us speaking about it. A legal
abstraction such as patents is not a "real thing". It is a product of our
imagination. It only exists if enough people use it. It will indeed vanish
(for all practical purposes in scope) if enough people stop believing in
Sorry, I do not have a Wikipedia link that explains the above in more
P.S. I do not know if inclusion or exclusion of patents in OSI-approved
licenses would make a difference for software patents existence though.
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