Most recent full copy of Directive on patentability of computer implemented inventions

MJ Ray markj at
Sat Aug 16 01:53:15 UTC 2003

Niall Douglas <s_fsfeurope2 at> wrote:
> Programs aren't mathematics because they are eternally useful ie; do 
> something without the involvement of a human. [...]

Mathematics is eternally useful and directs things that happen
without human intervention.  All programs are is a description of
some mathematical relationship which is stored in a computer somehow.
Feeding the same relationship to two different computers may have totally
different results.  In a way, it is the computer that is inventive,
even though people often regard the program as the smart bit.  Not all
smart things are inventions.  Some are discoveries.  Describing our
discoveries in the right language is what coders do.

OT: movies are economically unsustainable at the moment anyway, propped
up by current legislation.  This may have helped early on, but is not
healthy.  Movie makers beg for more and more law and tax breaks.

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