please point out ANYWHERE that I have said that patents are a good idea for software?
I didn't think I claimed that you did.
People are not advocating the end of private research, but they are advocating the end to the way that private research pays off. Unless other reward mechanisms are created, that's effectively the same thing.
I was just saying that there might be something other than patents that also rewards people and even works better than patents. This is worth exploring because even if we eliminate patents on software right now, we'll end up having a discussion in a few years about why software isn't subject to patents, and then we're back where we started. By widening the discussion to the general topic of rewards for discovering things, we can acknowledge that patents do not themselves have a monopoly in this field, either.
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