Re: [SLE] pdf questions
- From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 11:34:38 +0200 (CEST)
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The Monday 2006-10-16 at 00:40 -0800, John Andersen wrote:
The inventions upon which any current invention is based were
also given this protection, even though they in turn depended
on prior inventions. And so on, all the way from the automobile
back to the invention of the wheel.
The only thing that has changed is that the whole process has
become more civilized over the last 300 years.
One may argue it has gone too far, and I would agree, but that
is but a temporal imbalance in the laws, which the market will
undo one way or another over time.
The law can be abused, and it is. If I'm not mistaken, the period
protected by patent has been increased (in the US?), so that it takes too
long for inventions to become public property. This is specially so for
software. Things like clicking can be patented. And finally the patent law
is so complex that you need a host of lawyers to get and enforce a patent.
I guess that's about your meaning with «it has gone too far» :-?
Carlos E. R.
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