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- Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent
- From: Rick Marshall <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 07:55:32 +1000
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Michael Kay wrote:
>If other companies can come along and take from MS
>>or Amazon an idea for a software product or feature on their online
>>stores this directly effects the Seattle economy
>Microsoft built its business by doing things that other people had done
>before, and in many cases doing it better. The same is true of Amazon.
>Our whole industry thrives on people taking existing ideas and improving
>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.
and if knowledge is the key to future wealth, seattle is busy making
itself rich while guaranteeing that the third world will remain poor.
this is a moral problem.
for those with little or no experience outside the us, start looking.
the web, and xml in particular, has the potential to help billions of
people enjoy better lives, rather than just a few million in the far
north west of the us.
think of it this way - among the most obvious forms of technology in
third world countries are mobile phones and the internet.
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