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Re: Another Microsoft XML patent


xml patent situation
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.
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