[Linux-aus] Projects killed by Patents

James Purser purserj at southernphone.com.au
Sun Aug 14 07:26:02 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-08-14 at 03:41 +0930, Glen Turner wrote:
> OK, so you're upset about software patents so you're going reform
> agribusiness and pharma to fix the entire patents system?  The
> UN has been trying to reform pharma patents since the the late
> 1980s and have got only the most minor concessions.
> A bit of focus please.  Restoring the historical exception for
> mathematical works to be more inclusive of that branch of
> mathematics called computer science is probably acheivable
> in our lifetime.  It not as though the math of Godel,
> Neumann and Turing is recent or controversial anymore.
> Ironically, it was a court confirming a decision to award
> IBM a patent for a graphics algorithm that started all this
> mess in Australia.
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Yes I don't like software patents, and that is going to be the focus of
the episode, however I also don't like the idea that genes can be
patented. In my view both are a symptom of the same problem, a severely
broken patent system that has been skewed towards the interests of the
mega corps over society in general.

I am not against the concept of patents or copyright, done correctly
they can both reward the innovater and allow for more innovation.

James Purser
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