Patent absurdity

If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss about patents was about, read this article by Richard Stallman in the Guardian.
He lays out a clear example of why patents are not the same thing as copyright and why they are bad.

A novel and a modern complex programme have certain points in common: each is large and implements many ideas…
Imagine patents with broad claims, like these:

Communication process structured with narration that continues through many pages.

A narration structure sometimes resembling a fugue or improvisation.

There you go! Every book in existance would infringe those!

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

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