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   Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent

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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent
  • From: Karl Waclawek <karl@waclawek.net>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 10:23:25 -0400
  • In-reply-to: <20050606135515.2F2DC3FD1C@mail.zoneedit.com>
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Michael Kay wrote:

> No one has a right to sit back and say "that's our territory for the next 25
> years, you're not allowed in". If ideas could be protected like that,
> Microsoft and Amazon would not exist, and Seattle would be a poorer place.

Totally agree.

In addition, if an idea is used by someone after it has been
publicized by someone else, that still does not mean that
the idea has been stolen!

More often than not, ideas are re-invented rather than stolen,
and the more obvious a patent is, the easier it is to re-invent.
Now, why should someone who puts a lot of effort into his/her
work not be allowed to reap the benefits, just because someone
else made the same effort earlier? What is so fair about that?



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