Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: Seth Johnson <seth.johnson@RealMeasures.dyndns.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 11:03:17 -0500


Ben Tilly wrote:
> 
> It is impossible to spread a work/invention that was not made or
> invented because nobody found it worthwhile to do so.


Still, the purpose is to spread.  The means are entirely up to
Congress.


> IP law in the USA was originally intended to provide incentives to
> avoid the non-production of useful ideas.  Of course now copyright
> law is intended to maintain Disney's control of Mickey Mouse,
> while patent law is a negotiating tactic for IBM.


The exclusive rights clause was extremely carefully phrased. 
Your statement has some usefulness, but not in a reductive sense.


Seth


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