Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: Seth Johnson <seth.johnson@RealMeasures.dyndns.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 21:51:31 -0500


It's clear that having exclusive rights means authors and
inventors may benefit economically.  It's just that that's not
the purpose.


Seth


Laurent GUERBY wrote:
> 
> On Wed, 2005-01-12 at 22:54 -0500, Seth Johnson wrote:
> > Actually, the following paper explains that in the vernacular of
> > the time, "progress" meant "spread," not "quantitative
> > improvement" in an economic sense:
> 
> Thanks for the reference, quite surprising :). Even if I would
> like to believe the paper point,
> 
> <<
> Clause 8: To promote the "Progress" of Science and useful Arts, by
> securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right
> to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
> >>
> 
> becomes
> 
> <<
> Clause 8: To promote the "Spread" of Science and useful Arts, by
> securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right
> to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
> >>
> 
> This doesn't parse, how giving the power to forbid
> copies of a work or use of an invention for everyone but who the
> author/inventor authorizes will help in "spreading" the work/invention
> compared to no restriction for everyone?
> 
> Laurent
> 
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