Subject: Re: Free market (Was: Re: Lehman Report, Software patents, and more)
From: Sean Shapira <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 2:33:11 PDT

Peter writes:
> Look at the
> information Microsoft is hiding from its competitors... 
> Look at the money that information monopoly generates. 

Patents are neither ethical nor efficient.  But the right 
to secrecy is an essential liberty, which society can strip 
from citizens or enterprises only at great peril.

Beware:  if giants like Microsoft are forced to disclose 
their trade secrets today, whose privacy will be truly
secure tomorrow?

Sean Shapira        (206) 443-2028