[Linux-aus] Seeking nomination
xanni at glasswings.com.au
Sun Dec 23 05:22:31 UTC 2007
David Newall wrote:
> I believe that Stallman holds that after being bought and sold just once,
> software must thenceforth be free; he is wrong.
That's not my understanding of his expressed views. What leads you to
> Patent provides a completely different class of protection than
> copyright. Somebody can spend years inventing a really clever
> algorithm, and rightly would want to be rewarded for that.
Scientific discovery is always based on the work of those who have gone
before, not carried out in a vacuum. Holding back the entire industry
for twenty years (!) during which others are almost certain to
independently rediscover the same techniques but be barred from using
them seems like a poor outcome for the industry, the public and indeed
for software developers, who surely rely heavily on existing algorithms
even when they have discovered patentable algorithms themselves.
mailto:xanni at xanadu.net Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/ Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/ Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/ Manager, Serious Cybernetics
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