Subject: Re: free software as a delivery vehicle for lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 22:01:03 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Thomas Bushnell, BSG
| But this also means that when an invention would be made public *anyway*,
| the public interest is getting screwed by granting the patent.

  How would the _invention_ be made public "anyway"?  Why would someone
  _want_ to make something public if the public just takes it and leaves
  him with all his expenses and development cost?  Considering the often
  enormous costs of bringing something brilliantly simple to market, the
  whole point of the patent system is to make it possible to make simple
  and obvious inventions that are only simple and obvious after the fact.

  The public does not "own" whatever people come up with, but I guess that
  your basic attitude is precisely that the public has a _right_ to take
  the inventions and the work of the individual, sort of in exchange for
  free food or something.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  Post with compassion: