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Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Posted Nov 6, 2012 1:33 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck (guest, #2330)
In reply to: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired) by fest3er
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

You have it backwards: patents cover ideas (within limits); ideas are not copyrightable. Copyright can cover a particular way of expressing an idea. Good thing, too, or free software would have to wait more than 100 years, not 20, to implement an idea if someone got a legal monopoly on it.


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