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Well the trees took Sony Bono out, so that congressmen 
isn't pleading that case anymore this side of the Styx.

Again, I'm not for patents in the W3C specs.  I think 
the W3C will have to be pretty choosy about what specs 
it chooses to work, though, if the patents keep coming 
up.  Software and algorithm patents usually are silly. 
In fact, I'd like to see examples where that isn't the 
case because I can't think of any but it has never slowed 
the MPEG folks down.   While it's trendy to slap the 
US around here, the Europeans, Canadians, Australians, 
Japanese, Germans, and so on make fair dinkum using 
USPTO processes.

Follow the money, not the paper.  These are international 


From: David Megginson [mailto:david@megginson.com]

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.


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