Linked by Christian Schaller on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:26 UTC
Legal We today face the risk of software patents being approved in the EU because not enough parliamentary members will be showing up to vote. Due to this it is important for those of us who oppose software patents to make sure EU parliament members see the damage software patents cause, so they realize it is important to be there to vote providing the needed absolute majority. But sending out a clear message is also important for the process of patent reform in the US and other places who have fallen into the trap of introducing them.
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RE: not just software patents
by A. Nony Mouse on Thu 21st Apr 2005 11:52 UTC

"The inventors of common flying systems (flaps, ailerons, joy stick) used today in all aircraft – first got into the air by “stealing” the Wright Brothers basic wing design and wing warping methods."

Actually Richard Pierse invented moving control surfaces (and flew them, sorta) three years BEFORE the Wright brothers.

On patents generally, IP attorney Stephan Kinsella is a must-read:

[Aside, re Miles Stevenson: reason is good, but your reasoning is inconsistent. Hans Hoppe has a proof that true free-market (anarchist) capitalism is the only position consistent with reason, peace and freedom (google for "On the Ultimate Justification of the Ethics of Private Property"). Patents are facist and anti-capitalist]