|In reply to Comment 53 (Fabio Alemagna):|
>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.
Yes, it does seem absurd. Let's hope nobody patents "0" and "1" or we'll really be buggered ;-)
>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?
Unfair, yes. However it has to be that way otherwise you could show the world your new idea and some nasty git could quickly copy it and claim "Hey, I was working on the same thing myself - here it is!!!"
Now if we were all honest, nice and decent people we wouldn't need them. Nor would we need courts, the police, a military, etc...