Subject: Re: Patent-based dual-licensing open source business model
From: simo <s@ssimo.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 09:16:38 -0400

On Thu, 2006-09-14 at 14:10 +0100, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Jamie Lokier wrote:
> > Patents also irk me, but the ones that irk me tend to be the ones that
> > do hold up.  [reason: not allowed to use independently invented methods]
> 
> I should have finished:
> 
> And this is why I find the merest mention of software patents in
> particular irksome and worth a little foam.  I imagine many of us in
> the free software field have "invented" something ourselves, more
> often than not a logical progression of what came before, that we
> discover we mustn't use after putting in all that energy thinking of it.

Oh, and you didn't search the might patent database before? Oh you fool,
don't you know that there lays all the good knowledge and readily
accessible to programmers too :-D