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Re: [News] GIMP PLug-in Attacked with Software Patent

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____/ Peter Köhlmann on Saturday 27 December 2008 08:53 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> ____/ Homer on Saturday 27 December 2008 07:20 : \____
>>> Verily I say unto thee, that Peter Köhlmann spake thusly:
>>>> Hadron wrote:
>>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>>>>> Software patents harm society.
>>> [...]
>>>>> The only people hurt are free loading copy cats.
>>> And who did Runaway Technology® freely learn and "copy" from before
>>> handing over a big wad of cash to the patent office, to claim the
>>> "right" to monopolise the sum total of other's ideas, simply because
>>> they made the "magnanimous gesture" of spending lots of money to "copy"
>>> those ideas from others, through academic study and simply observation?
>>> Patents are one of the most profoundly unethical things in the history
>>> of humanity, because they pervert the pool of all human thought, and the
>>> very process of learning, into some commoditisable "product" that must
>>> be owned and controlled by corporations, just so they can leased out
>>> that thought for profit.
>>> It's sick.
>> You ought to hear what educated people in poorer nations like Brazil have
>> to say about patents.
> Patents per se are not bad. It is patents about non-material things like
> software, ideas, business procedures etc which are to be avoided.
> If you invent the better mousetrap, more power to you, and get a patent on
> it fast.
> But patenting software? The worst idea anyone could possibly have.
> Copyright is amply enough protection

Yes, there needs to be something tangible, otherwise it's just a pie in the
sky... like buying something based on the wage which you project you'll
received in 10 years. This led to the Great Depression BTW.

“Irving Fisher argued that the predominant factor leading to the Great
Depression was overindebtedness and deflation. Fisher tied loose credit to
over-indebtedness, which fueled speculation and asset bubbles.”
         < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression >

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