[Mono-list] Re: Sleepless at Patentland...
Thomas F. Burdick
Thu, 9 Aug 2001 11:04:32 -0700
A Rafael D Teixeira writes:
> Thanks, Miguel
> I've read the article you pointed. But the problem I'm still worried is
> about NOT KNOWING which patents we have to avoid.
> For example, suppose the Reflection.Emit mechanism is patented, and in
> very general terms. We are using it in our compilers. We work hard, produce
> usable compilers, publish it under GPL, and then get notified that we have
> to settle with MS. We can go back to code and implement a traditional
> back-end to generate IL. But MS can still reach to us, seeking financial
> remedies, because "potentially" some people is using our first version,
> because it's published in the Internet.
> ENDNOTE 1: I agree with you, software patents MUST be abolished, or the
> darkest sci-fi scenarios of corporate dictatorship can become a reality
> sooner than expected, because software is embedded in nearly everything.
> ENDNOTE 2: DMCA is a sour reminder of how misguided the US politicians are
> about what is best for society. Corporations are important, but their rights
> MUST be submitted to the needs of society and individuals.
> Rafael Teixeira
> Brazilian Developer
I wonder how many developers here are in countries without software
patents. I'd imagine any country in the US's imperialist sphere would
probably have them -- so I'd guess Brazil does -- but conversely, I'd
imagine that any country in the European imperialist sphere woudn't.
There could still be nasty surprises, but perhaps we could keep
development of the most-likely-to-be-patented bits in countries
without software patents? Anyone know if Japan has software patents?