Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
Karl Waclawek wrote: > Michael Kay wrote: > >> 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. > > > Totally agree. > > In addition, if an idea is used by someone after it has been > publicized by someone else, that still does not mean that > the idea has been stolen! > > More often than not, ideas are re-invented rather than stolen, > and the more obvious a patent is, the easier it is to re-invent. historically that seems to be the case - someone has a law regarding this. and it's not just limited to liebnitz/newton, or the tragic case of tesla (a seminal study on just how broken the system has been for nearly at least a century). in general, as a group, we move towards certain ideas. it is the collective that invents. individuals express the invention, but it is a community of ideas. go check out the academic community a bit closer as they race to publish before the next guy - just for the glory. so what is it about the hubris of business that makes it think it's ideas and inventions are solely their idea? i think this is the biggest weakness in the system, and the second biggest weakness is that you can't stop other people having your ideas. berners-lee didn't invent markup or hypertext, just put it together well (and i suspect as part of a much bigger effort), C followed bcpl (or b?), unix from multics, xml from the shortcomings of sgml and html. time to go back to newton (1675) "if i have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" rick > Now, why should someone who puts a lot of effort into his/her > work not be allowed to reap the benefits, just because someone > else made the same effort earlier? What is so fair about that? > > Karl > > ----------------------------------------------------------------- > 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:42a46453170342039516565! >
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