Subject: Re: brainstorming
From: Benjamin Rossen <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 00:23:44 +0100


What do you propose we do in the face of patent offices granting patents, and 
courts honoring them, and international treaties being framed to extend them? 

What defense would we have if Microsoft made it impossible to use mouse clicks 
in any Open Source Software system because it is a patented technique (Did MS 
buy this patent from Xerox Park?). 

It won't help to declare that you don't believe in patents. When some people 
have patents, you must have patents (or something else) to swap. 


On Friday 14 January 2005 22:42, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Benjamin Rossen dixit:
> >And it is my position that if some people have software patents, then 
> >must have them
> And this is where several people including myself disagree.
> You asked for opinions, you got it; EOT from me
> unless you'd like to continue.
> bye,
> //mirabile