[Fsfe-ie] patents letter stuff
fergal at esatclear.ie
Thu Jan 15 00:13:16 CET 2004
I've been meaning to find a reference for that quote for ages and here it is
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's
ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a
complete standstill today."
Source: "Challenges and Strategy" memo dated May 16, 1991.
The quote on that page is longer but that's the important bit. Could be a good
one to include in the letter,
On Wednesday 14 January 2004 22:54, Justin Mason wrote:
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> Fergal Daly writes:
> >On Wednesday 14 January 2004 22:08, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> >> I'd like to be able to point out that all software innovations that have
> >> pushed society forward, are patent-free. So what other examples are
> >The classic example is the spreadsheet "if visicalc had patented..." this
> >applies to the word processor.
> There's a page for that. google Dan Bricklin patents and he discusses it
> in detail.
> Also I seem to recall a good quote from Bill Gates -- made before they
> decided to go patent-crazy ;)
> - --j.
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