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poi
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: France
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 11-23-2004 16:13

Linus Torvalds (LINUX), Michael Widenius (MYSQL) and Rasmus Lerdorf (PHP) appeal the EU Council to reject the "software patent directive".

poi
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: France
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 11-25-2004 15:01

An article on ZDNET: Torvalds trashes EU patent proposal

warjournal
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From:
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 11-25-2004 15:32

Around 2 years ago, a guy was given a patent for swinging sideways on a swing. The actual patent was pretty funny. Lots of big words and phraseology describing how to grab the chains and pull in an alternating fashion to swing sideways. He even tossed in that making Tarzan hoots-n-hollers are optional.

So, if you see any kids swinging sideways on a swing, they need to send this guy a royalty check. Or, if you see a kid teaching this to another kid for a fee, the little punk needs to get sued.

The guy was basically making a point at how broken the patent system is.

Personally, I don't totally understand patents for software.
I can understand copyrighting code.
However, patents for software seems to be more like patenting an 'intangible' idea.
For example, there is a patent for marching ants algorithm used in metablob objects.

Makes me want to run out and try to get the patent for bubble sorting.

I don't know, dude.
Something needs to be fixed, but I don't know what it is.

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