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From: sundi...@dna.lth.se (Anders Sundin)
Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
Subject: Re: Emacs for Apple Macintosh
Date: 10 Jun 1994 09:30:19 GMT
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fabbr...@nunki.usc.edu (Frank Fabbrocino) wrote:
>OK Superman, FSF is boycotting Apple because what Apple is trying to do, is
>to limit computer programming freedom---a freedom that will be benefit
>everyone who uses computers and a freedom, if taken away, that will only
>add to someone's pocketbook.

Does this mean that you are generally against patents on algorithms as
well as against patents on computer software and hardware?

Wouldn't it be better to build an opinion to change the copyright and
the patent laws instead of going after individual companies?


-Anders
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From: h...@Xenon.Stanford.EDU (Daniel Hitt)
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Subject: Patents in Sweden, Germany etc (was Re: Emacs for Apple Macintosh)
Date: 12 Jun 1994 04:40:12 GMT
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Summary: Can one write in US and distribute elsewhere?
Keywords: patents, Sweden, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore

In article <2t9brb$...@nic.lth.se>, Anders Sundin <sundi...@dna.lth.se> wrote:
>fabbr...@nunki.usc.edu (Frank Fabbrocino) wrote:

>Does this mean that you are generally against patents on algorithms as
>well as against patents on computer software and hardware?
>
>Wouldn't it be better to build an opinion to change the copyright and
>the patent laws instead of going after individual companies?
>
>-Anders

> Lund University, P.O. Box 124 voice: +46 46 104130

What is the status of patents on software/hardware/algorithms in Sweden?

(I read somewhere that Germany, Taiwan, and Singapore did not grant
patents on software.)

Could a person, say in the US, write a program using some patented 
technique like arithemtic compression, and release it (via ftp or
some such thing) in some country that did not grant patents on software?

dan
h...@cs.stanford.edu

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From: iii...@uk.ac.swan.pyr (Alan Cox)
Subject: Re: Patents in Sweden, Germany etc (was Re: Emacs for Apple Macintosh)
Message-ID: <1994Jun13.121208.10343@uk.ac.swan.pyr>
Keywords: patents, Sweden, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore
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In article <2te3jc$...@Times.Stanford.EDU> h...@Xenon.Stanford.EDU 
(Daniel Hitt) writes:
>(I read somewhere that Germany, Taiwan, and Singapore did not grant
>patents on software.)
>
>Could a person, say in the US, write a program using some patented 
>technique like arithemtic compression, and release it (via ftp or
>some such thing) in some country that did not grant patents on software?

With care yes. You can do certain things with patented material for research
and personal education. If someone ftp'd your research elsewhere and did 
useful things with it well 8).... The US is almost the only country dumb
enough to allow patenting of software. Be aware that US companies before now
have 'leaned gently' on people outside the USA over such matters.

The GPL actually allows you to restrict distribution away from certain 
countries if patent problems are known about.

Alan