Subject: Re: Lehman Report, Software patents, and more
From: (E. Dean Tribble)
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 1994 16:25:27 -0700

At  9:53 PM 8/25/94 -0700, Sean Shapira wrote:
>> if we abolish the
>> software patent system, I don't see what economic motivation there is
>> for developing free software.
>The libertarian answer is short and sweet:  "The market will find
>a way."

I agree with the sentiment, but disagree with the statement.  Instead:  a
free market allows people to find a way.

In response to the first sentence, *lots* of software was developed before
there were software patents.