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Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 16:47:45
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On Thu, 21 Apr 2005, Joshua D. Drake wrote:

>
>> I read their "About"
>> 
>> 	http://www.eff.org/about/
>> 
>> Too political, this group is not just anti-patents and goes much farther
>> than I think we can agree as a group.
>
> Uhmmm software patents are about as political as you can get ;).

Only if they affect you, and they don't affect us, since we strive to be 
patent free, as seen by how quickly we removed the ARC stuff ...

*And* ... unless I'm mistaken, this whole 'anti-patent' stuff will never 
get rid of the existing patent system in the US, or any other country, 
will it?  Only about the EU implementing such?  And, as far as that is 
concerned, does anyone here *know* what is being proposed in the EU?  Is 
it a better (more strict) patent system then there exists in the US?  Or 
is it going to allow for ppl to patent "generic ideas", like some of the 
ones going through the US patent system have been ... ?

Basically, if we're going to be *anti-patent*, we need to know the why of 
it ... is it just because we are anarchist and dont' believe that anything 
should be regulated?  Or is it because of what we've been seeing over teh 
past couple of years coming out of the US Patent office?

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