Software is The Glass Bead Game
Posted Jan 24, 2012 16:58 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata
In reply to: Software is The Glass Bead Game
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Even if you don't *believe* in them as you say, you are still quite well aware of what other people mean when they ask you if you're for them or against them.
No, I am not aware of what they mean, and I don't think it is clear in their own head what they mean. Every time they try to define the term, they end up with a definition that either doesn't cover the particular patents they call software patents or covers many patents they don't. Or doesn't use the term "software" in anything like the way it's normally used.
I'll give you this: as long as a patent that doesn't promote the useful arts and doesn't involve software in any way is legal, then I think a similar patent that does involve software should also be legal. Maybe that's what you mean by being a general proponent of software patents.
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