Subject: Re: GIF/LZW patent
From: simo <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 01:34:14 -0400

On Tue, 2006-09-26 at 19:57 -0700, Lawrence Rosen wrote:

> I'll be blunt about it: If we didn't have copyright on software and only had
> patents, we'd be much better off. At least then monopolies would be based
> upon innovation instead of mere writings by armies of programmers of mostly
> me-too code. Programmers would be rewarded for being innovative, and the
> rest of us could otherwise copy and reuse any non-patented or off-patented
> software we wanted, regardless of who wrote it. That's how intellectual
> property works in every other area of technology! Wouldn't that be a better
> world?

God (or whatever superior entity you may believe in) save us!