Subject: Re: termless copyright and patents
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 17:11:20 +0900

>>>>> "Ben" == Ben Tilly <btilly@gmail.com> writes:

    Ben> Patents are compulsive in cases where one party has more
    Ben> resources for lawyers and patent applications than the other.

C'mon, Ben, you know the difference between "compulsion" and
"prohibition".  Patents are not the former; they are the latter.

The choice among the remaining alternatives may be unpalatable in view
of the alternative in your dreams, but there is no compulsion.

    Ben> Particularly given how broken the patent system is, the
    Ben> result is that patents are lopsidedly against free software.

Precisely because nobody is *compelled* to apply for or license any
patent.  If you were compelled, well, you'd have a license and doing
the free software would be no problem (but paying your mortgage
probably would be).

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