Difficult for a farm boy like me
Posted May 5, 2005 1:49 UTC (Thu) by tjc
In reply to: Difficult for a farm boy like me
Parent article: Software, reverse engineering and the law
I'm having real difficulty. When "software patents" and "EULA's" are being talked about, this is coming close to how "extortion" and "blackmail" were explained to me when I was a young man.
As far as I can tell the main difference between software patents and extortion is the matter of legality. Extortion is illegally using one's position of power or influence to obtain some benefit, whereas a software patent is government-granted permission to do so legally within the scope of the patent. Is this correct?
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