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Date:      Sun, 5 Aug 2012 21:39:07 +0200
From:      "C. P. Ghost" <>
To:        FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: Patent hit - MS goes after Linux - FreeBSD ?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <20120805141542.2a5125ec@scorpio>
References:  <20120805045800.29444.qmail@joyce.lan> <> <> <20120805093320.7b7f0fc4@scorpio> <> <20120805141542.2a5125ec@scorpio>

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On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM, Jerry <> wrote:
> I never stated than anyone should be denied the right to create or write
> basically whatever they so desire; however, if they are going to
> piggyback their work on another author or developer's works, then that
> individual deserves to receive compensation.

The point here is that an INDIVIDUAL deserves compensation.

Whether some mega corp with a huge portfolio of patents deserves
the same is to be questioned. Especially considering that those huge
mega corps use those patents to stomp all over the little (programmer)
guy and destroy his little livelihood. That's what patents were initially
designed to prevent: that some predatory industrial magnate would
steal the idea of the little inventor to make a profit, without compensating
the inventor for his ideas.

Sadly, this principle (protecting the little inventors) has been turned
upside-down due to the abysmal performance of the Patent Office
examiners who rubber stamping just about every patent application
with the words "machinery for ..." in it.


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