Subject: Re: EY invests in online patent exchange
From: Brian Bartholomew <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 20:25:15 -0400

> Give the appropriate programming language, sensors and controls to a
> farmer, and he'll be inventing patentable algorithms in a few days.

Perhaps what we need is a "Get Rich Quick by Software Patent
Extortion" spam, which points to a web page listing 50 law firms that
will assemble and pursue a software patent for you on speculation.
Perhaps that would sufficiently inconvenience big companies to
reluctantly direct their legislators to dismantle software patents.

A member of the League for Programming Freedom (LPF)
Brian Bartholomew - - - Working Version, Cambridge, MA