Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
correct. here's the physical analogy: einstein owned the copyright to his papers on relativity, but not a patent on e=mc2 i think that's a very fair situation, and in fact it's something inherently understood by standards bodies and indeed the oss movement. rick Alan Gutierrez wrote: >* Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@r...> [2005-06-06 20:19]: > > >>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 >>copyrightable. >> >> > > They should both be copyrightable. The loop and the phrase. > > They are in fact both copyrightable. Both are protected by > copyright the moment they are fixed to a medium. Both are > considered literary works by the U.S. Copyright Office. > >-- >Alan Gutierrez - alan@e... > - http://engrm.com/blogometer/index.html > - http://engrm.com/blogometer/rss.2.0.xml > >----------------------------------------------------------------- >The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an >initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > >The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > >To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription >manager: <http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/index.php> > > >!DSPAM:42a502de170342055716553! > > >
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