[Linux-aus] Seeking nomination

Andrew Pam 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
this interpretation?

> 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
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