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Yet another software patent that shouldn't have been granted :( See here
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Internet TV patent : Comment 53 of 62ANN.lu
Posted by Fabio Alemagna on 19-Jul-2004 15:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 52 (Darrin):
> If you can't pay the license than don't develop it. "I can't aford it" is no
> excuse for stealing something in a court of law ;-)

But it's the right to patent such stuff that is being questioned. In the SW realm, there's a 1:1 mapping between ideas and implementations. Algorithms cannot be patented, yet once they run on a computer they can, which is completely and utterly absurd.

Computer programs are simply algorithms+data, and none of them can be patented separately, yet when they are put together, and run on a computer, they can.

Moreover, what if I come up with the same idea/implementation as yours, but you are first to patent it? Why would you have any more right than me in getting a patent to that thing, simply because you were first to patent it?

SW-related patents are nonsense, as simple as that.
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