Russell McOrmond wrote: [...] > IBM has been lobbying for unlimited patentability, pushing > the rhetoric of "technology neutrality" that is the most > common political phrase used against Open Source software. > The problem is, software is not a 'technology' any more than > laws, acts of parliament or Roberts Rules are a 'technology'.
You're free to believe in whatever you want... just try to keep in mind the following: http://www.patent.gov.uk/about/ippd/softpat/1420.htm "[...] a computer program may or may not have a technical character. What is decisive is whether the program in question makes a technical contribution to the state of the art because it is this which lends a technical character to it. This is an important distinction. " And, perhaps, also this: http://www.charvolant.org/~doug/gpl/gpl.pdf (see 3.4 Patents Are Your Friends) regards, alexander. -- license-discuss archive is at http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3