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Re: Why a license deal is ONLY good for Microsoft

From: Dag Wieers <dag@wieers.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 02:22:00 +0200 (CEST)
To: Nicholas Chase <nchase@earthlink.net>
Cc: public-web-plugins@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0308310214500.2236-100000@horsea.3ti.be>

On Sat, 30 Aug 2003, Nicholas Chase wrote:

> Now, I hate to say this, because I'm not, in the grand scheme of
> things, a Microsoft supporter, but I'm GLAD they're pulling the
> plug on plug-ins.  Let Eolas and U of C have their money, but I
> don't want to continue to pay blood money to Eolas for something
> that somebody else did 17 months before they filed their paperwork.
> 
> And maybe, just maybe, Congress will wake up to how STUPID software
> patents are.

Microsoft cannot afford to question software patents in general (or this 
patent specifically) because it undermines one of the basic forces they 
rely on.

I wonder how the US will ever get rid of software patents, since a lot of 
companies invested in it and maybe even rely on it. It's one of those 
things once brought to life, unable to kill.

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