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Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Dawid Kuroczko <qnex42(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 17:19:06
Message-ID: 200504221719.j3MHJ6v28716@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> > 
> > 	o  patents are bad
> > 	o  software patents are bad
> 
> We are specifically talking about software patents. I think that should
> be the only realm we address.
> 
> > 
> > The bottom line is that for permanent content, you are going to have to
> > get super-majority agreement on all these issues in your statement, or
> > keep it narrow enough so you can get such a majority.
> 
> So far only one person has said no (Neil). That is fairly clear to me.

What about Dave Page and me.  I have seen perhaps 6 yes and 3 no.  That
isn't enough, I think.

> > (Everytime I email about patents I am careful because I suspect my words
> > might be used against me some day in court, so I do try to avoid the
> > subject in public discourse if possible.)
> 
> Well I have no such concern. Software patents are stupid. There only
> purpose is to generate protective revenue for corporations against the 
> inspiring minds of others.

This is the simplistic approach I want to avoid.

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