Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Legal Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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bhtooefr
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2009-02-19

I think software patents can be done in the spirit of a patent, properly. This will also require copyright reform, though.

So, copyright law currently applies to both the binary and the source.

First, change copyright to 5 years.

Then, give the option of using a software patent INSTEAD of copyright. If you do this, the binary and source are protected as if it were copyrighted for 7 years. However, the source is immediately publicly available for review, and after 7 years, is released to the public domain. Now, grant this indiscriminately.

Congratulations, you've now just given an incentive for everyone to open source their stuff.

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