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> As far as I'm aware, if I find a patented can-opener that
> someone has carelessly dropped on the pavement, the patent owner has no
> right to restrict the way in which I use it.
No. You can look at it, and figure out how it's made, how it
achieves its function, etc. But you cant take that information
and make another one, or tell people how to make other ones.
Rich Salz Chief Security Architect
DataPower Technology http://www.datapower.com
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