Subject: Re: Software as a public service
From: Laurent GUERBY <laurent@guerby.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 08:33:23 +0100

On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 12:48 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> _Not_ useless.  Apple owns several patents on TrueType-related
> technologies, but this does not make publication of the file formats
> useless, though they are less useful than they might otherwise be.

Could you be more specific and give an example?

In France, assuming software patent are valid (which is not the case)
the only thing you could do is write your own software to do something
with TrueType, but then you do not have any right to publish and
distribute the software you've written or the data resulting from your
software execution. So anyone has to rewrite this from scratch.

Laurent