[Linux-aus] Re: Projects killed by Patents

James Purser purserj at southernphone.com.au
Wed Aug 10 11:11:02 UTC 2005

Arjen Lentz writes: 

> Hi James, 
> You may be interested in this: 
> http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/resource/jul05/0705inve.html 
> (I recently wrote about that at
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/arjen_lentz/34308.html) 
> The article provides a very neat clean angle of where the boundary with
> patents should lie.... 
> In the context of "not only do we object to the current situation, but
> here is a clean solution". 
> Regards,
> Arjen.
> -- 
> Arjen Lentz, Community Relations Manager
> MySQL AB, www.mysql.com 
> MySQL related blogs @ http://www.planetmysql.org/ 
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Very nice, this pretty much sums up my opinion on the whole patent issue. 
That non-physical "things" such as mathmatical equations, algorithms, ideas 
and so on should not allowed to be patented. 

This also for me extends to pure biology, the idea that you can patent a 
particular gene rather than a method for testing for that gene is abhorrent 
as is the idea that you can patent a new life form as Monsanto and the other 
big agri-corps do. 

James Purser
Chief Talking Guy - Linux Australia Update
Skype: purserj1977 

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