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Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
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 20:00:11
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>> Well that is not what I started this thread as. I started this thread 
>> about Software Patents.
> 
> 
> But isnt' the big issue against software patents right now more a case 
> of "a few bad eggs spoiling it for everyone" then anything?  Are *all* 
> software patents out there evil?

I have yet to see a software patent that is valid. That doesn't
mean that they are not out there but everyone that I have seen is
ridiculous. Prior art is rampant in the software industry.

We are not building an artificial heart here, we are building a database
and databases have been around for decades.

Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake

> 
> Again, as I've mentioned before, I know that there have been some 
> "visible" cases where the patent applied for (and I believe approved) 
> were for *very* generic concepts, which, IMHO, shouldn't be approved ...
> 
> 
>  ----
> Marc G. Fournier           Hub.Org Networking Services (http://www.hub.org)
> Email: scrappy(at)hub(dot)org           Yahoo!: yscrappy              ICQ: 7615664


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