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[News] Software Patents Comes to Israel, O'Reilly Staff (Oram) Defends Them

  • Subject: [News] Software Patents Comes to Israel, O'Reilly Staff (Oram) Defends Them
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 18:55:02 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Israel: one month to end software patents

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| I need help contacting groups in Israel. 
| With a February deadline, the Israeli 
| patent office is asking if it should grant 
| software patents. To help, join this 
| mailing list: israel-public-
| discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx As usual, 
| the small businesses, individual 
| programmers, and software user groups donât 
| seem to have noticed this consultation. 
| This is common in public consultations â 
| but you can bet the lawyers groups and the 
| multinationals are aware and working on 
| their submissions. So I need help with 
| informing people in Israel now so they have 
| some time to get prepare submissions. More 
| info below. 


The fate of WIPO, ACTA, and other intellectual property pushes in the international economy

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| As I understand the argument, the 
| institutions responsible for passing new 
| rules respond to the most powerful 
| countries. The US and Europe are on the 
| decline in these organizations. All the 
| countries that benefit from looser IP 
| regimes--China, India, Brazil--are growing 
| in economic strength and are finding 
| themselves in more and more seats at the 
| tables of the world's closed economic 
| institutions. For just one concrete 
| example, look at the shift of 
| responsibility in recent years from the G-7 
| to the G-20. The G-7 is a familiar set of 
| countries that were powerful from the 1950s 
| through the 1970s. The G-20 is truly 
| diverse, bringing in strong economies from 
| around the world (but still just the ones 
| with some international economic clout). 


Governments stifle hi-tech innovation, says trade group

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| Government needs to do more to encourage 
| innovation, America's first chief 
| technology officer has been told.



An Economist Questions Intellectual Monopolies

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| Copyrights and patents are government granted monopolies. They have their 
| origins in the feudal guild system, not the free market economics of Smith 
| and Ricardo. In fact, at the end of the 19th century, Switzerland and the 
| Netherlands actually eliminated patent and copyright protection, with the 
| intent of promoting free market competition. In spite of their feudal legacy, 
| and their obvious status as forms of protectionism, few economists ever 
| question the merits of the patent and copyright systems.      

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