Comrades in arms


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Thanks to weez Blog for alerting me to lessig blog, the weblog of Larry Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford, where the topics of patents, copyrights and general IP discussions occur regularly.

What impressed me the most however, is his ability to expose the imbalances that exist in these issues as well as his activity in doing something about it.

As for me? I'm just a know-nothing nobody sitting on the sidelines, but I see the imbalances that exist and am worried about them. Just call me the meek who will inherit the Earth; I'm just afraid there won't be anything left by the time I get my hands on it.

From lessig blog:

So here's perhaps the most concise and compelling account of just why software patents will harm new innovators (that's you Europe) and benefit old innovators (that's America), written in 1991 by Mr. Gates:

"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete stand-still today. The solution . . . is patent exchanges . . . and patenting as much as we can. . . . A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose. That price might be high: Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors." Fred Warshofsky, The Patent Wars 170-71 (NY: Wiley 1994).

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