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Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)
Posted Nov 7, 2012 5:14 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
you need to justify why software should be different.
The fact that the _exact_ same code can be used to achieve very different results depending on how it's used is proof that software is abstract and should not be covered by patents.
Posted Nov 7, 2012 5:35 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
That actually might be a nice compromise - you can opt for copyright protection OR for patent protection. And in the spirit of patents you'd have to put everything it protects into the public domain.
Posted Nov 7, 2012 12:25 UTC (Wed) by njs (guest, #40338)
If you want to be able to opt for one or the other on a case-by-case basis, you'd need something like, if I opt for copyright protection on my code, then it automatically does not violate anyone else's patents. That seems like a hard sell.
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