RE: a story

From: Bathsheba Grossman (
Date: Mon Jun 03 2002 - 21:58:50 EEST

On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Elaine Hunt wrote:
> At 12:12 PM 5/30/2002 -0700, Bathsheba Grossman wrote
> >On the other hand, voting with your $ won't gain you much if you
> >actually need the technology to do business. As long as the patents
> >hold out, it's not as though one has anywhere else to go.
> and the department of justice lets them collect technology and milk
> consumers... democracy at its best.

Not that there's anything wrong with the general existence of
intellectual property, but the way it works now is demonstrably a bad
thing for young technologies. If the patent office operated 90 years
ago the way it does now, Ford would have protected the steering-wheel-
and-pedals control system, and every other brand of car would have to
work by totally different mechanisms.

Bathsheba Grossman                                         (831) 429-8224
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