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   Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent

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M. David Peterson wrote:
> What I find interesting is that you can't just state that its because
> we're writing code and not working with physical objects and its
> because of this that our world is different.  The literature world,
> while not dealing with patents per se', are definitely dealing with
> copyrights and plagiarism.

Not sure about the physical world, but there's a huge difference between 
the software world and the literature world. There's a very limited 
number of reasonable ways to loop through an array of integers and add 1 
to each value. There's a huge number of reasonable ways to say, "The 
lake is blue." The first shouldn't be patentable. The second should be 

-- Ron


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