Subject: Re: Software as a public service
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:48:27 +0900

>>>>> "Laurent" == Laurent GUERBY <> writes:

    Laurent> 1. Software already written by or custom works for the
    Laurent> goverment should be opened (except for
    Laurent> military/security/etc...).

As Ben points out, copyright is neither effective nor appropriate
protection for military/security, and several other issues.

    Laurent> PS: Of course if software patents do exist in the
    Laurent> country, this opening of software, file formats or
    Laurent> protocol is of no use to anyone but the software patent
    Laurent> holders who enjoy a private monopoly for a long while.

_Not_ useless.  Apple owns several patents on TrueType-related
technologies, but this does not make publication of the file formats
useless, though they are less useful than they might otherwise be.

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