Internet Software Patents

Philip Greenspun, Website, Feb 18, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The arguments have been around for a while, but you just have to appreciate a masterful recasting. Here's Philip Greenspun: "I was asked 'Why didn't you patent this yourself, if you developed it first?' My reply was 'It only took me an hour to build; if I went down to the patent office after every hour of programming, I wouldn't get very much done.'" More on this from Alfred Essa.
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