[Mono-list] Discussing patents.

Adam Treat manyoso@yahoo.com
Fri, 14 Feb 2003 10:47:10 -0800 (PST)

--- Miguel de Icaza <miguel@ximian.com> wrote:
> Hey guys,
>     Our policy with the patents has been outlined in the FAQ and on my
> previous post.  At this point, people are re-hashing the Slashdot
> discussion without having anything new to say.
>     Unless you have talked with a patent attorney on this particular
> issue and have something interesting to say, please move the patent
> discussion elsewhere.   Say, create an `amateur-pundit'  list over at
> Yahoo or use any of the existing lists, like say, gnu.misc.discuss.
>     You guys are only raising the paranoia factor without any valuable
> advise.  Am sorry, but you are not patent attorneys.   We have enough
> with the Bush administration color-coded fear system.  
> Miguel.

That is unfair Miguel.  I've found Mitchell Skinner's post to be very informative and it helped me
to see what the patent was actually all about.  One does not need be a patent attorney to
understand what the patent covers and realize that it potentially presents a significant problem
for Mono that might not easily be addressed.  Similarly, one does not need to be a
politician/lawyer to take issue with Bush's upcoming war with Iraq.


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