Subject: Re: patents
From: simo <s@ssimo.org>
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 01:51:59 -0400

On Mon, 2006-05-08 at 13:24 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>     simo> I am not sure how and to which extent you can apply these
>     simo> author rights to software, they have been constructed with a
>     simo> classical authorship work in mind (music, text, video), but
>     simo> I think a good lawyer would be able to pursue the case.
> 
> I would guess that a typical example would be to deny permission to
> use your software in R&D of weapons of mass destruction.  You might be
> able to argue that adaptation of computations to high precision or
> something like that constituted such a "change against my beliefs."
> 
> OTOH, I doubt it would be straightforward to use authorship rights to
> prevent a hate group from using your content management software to
> build its web site, though.

On the contrary I think it would be easier to stop a hate group than R&D
on weapons of mass destruction (in the specific examples you give), but
that's my perception I have never payed too much attention to such
cases.

Simo.