Can Microsoft ruin XML with patents?
gsechan at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 19 15:25:07 PST 2004
>From: Brian Deacon <brian at navelplace.com>
>On Fri, Mar 19, 2004 at 01:27:39AM -0800, Tracy R Reed wrote:
> > We all need to remember thatour intellectual property system was NOT
> > invented to protect artists or anyones "right" to make money off of
> > work. It was created to get as much creative work into the public domain
> > as possible. The founding fathers said as much.
>Can anyone point me to a primary source on this claim? Not singling
>you out, Tracy -- I have no reason to believe it's not true... but I
>also have no evidence other than OSS folklore that it -is- true.
>I'd like to be able to make the above argument and have something more
>to back it with than "I heard it on teh intarnet."
How about the Constitution itself? It says that copyrights and patents are
"to promote the useful arts and sciences", not to make money.
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