[News] Microsoft's Decision on Web Software Patents a Business Decision, Not Kindness

[News] Microsoft's Decision on Web Software Patents a Business Decision, Not Kindness

Post by Roy Schest » Sat, 16 Sep 2006 14:39:16


Patents are not property

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| Microsoft was seeking to get its Internet technologies, which are
| built into Vista, the next version of Windows, made into Internet
| standards. The RAND controversy was an impediment to that effort. So
| Microsoft made a business decision. It didn't give up its property. It
| sacrificed its monopoly. In hopes of getting something of value in return.
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[News] Microsoft's Decision on Web Software Patents a Business Decision, Not Kindness

Post by Mark Ken » Sun, 17 Sep 2006 00:28:31

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Roy Schestowitz < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > espoused:

The Patent business model is all about forcing a monopoly which can then
be exploited using licensing fees. Patents are mandated monopolies. I
can't really think of anything less pro-competition than a patent. They
are very effective at stifling development.

Can anyone recall what photocopying used to be like in the
1960s/70s/80s? It wasn't until the 1990s when the patent expired that
photocopying became affordable!

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| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed."
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