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Bullard, Claude L (Len) writes:
> BTW, I agree that the copyright laws are becoming ever more absurd.
> Apparently so did Ginsburg but stated rightly, it is not their job
> to set policy for Congress. OTOH, anyone who thinks that the
> international systems for patents will vanish in an act of good
> will toward the Internet or for the particular good of open source
> software simply isn't in business.
Note that patents on software and algorithms are not that common
outside the U.S., though I understand that the E.U. was considering
them. The U.S. just got a little silly about the whole thing --
unfortunately, it's the one market that's too big for the rest of us
to ignore. I wonder how long it will be until the USPTO starts
granting patents for book and movie plots.
All the best,
David Megginson, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.megginson.com/