Subject: Re: A few thoughts.
From: Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:30:53 -0400

> If you believe that meaningful innovation is good, and that the
> knowledge in your head gives you an edge, it might really be better
> for all concerned if patents did not exist.  This tends to level the
> playing field by eliminating much of the litigation issue.

> Hard to know if this is actually sound, and I do not really see how
> to construct a controlled experiment

The libre community has written a huge pile of great software, while
generally pretending patents don't exist.  Can you draw any useful
conclusions from this?


League for Programming Freedom (LPF) ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/lpf/patents.text
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