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Re: RAND Patents: A great thing

From: Matthew Gardiner <matgar@clear.net.nz>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 22:35:00 +1200
Message-ID: <005801c14a64$bb031150$df98a7cb@gardiner4ymqc2>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Well Alex Simons, it may be all very well and good for large corporations
such as Microsoft who on a regular basis pervert the freemarket, and
restrict consumer sovereignty, however, I live in the real world, and
patents are nothing but another leaver in the monopoly creating process.

I also hear Microsoft Think Tank Inc. abuse/accuse the GPL of IP destroying,
yet, I find that your company is quiet willing to steal code from *BSD, and
never once thank the orignal authors. At least SUN, for example, has the
guts to put in their documentation that they acknowledge the contribution of
the *BSD programmers. I also see that you support *BSD, yet I find that
Office is only available for Windows and Mac. If you liked the *BSD license
and OS so much, why not release the code, and let other people "embrace and
extend it?".

Patents for intellectual property is for original idea, not
"embraced-extended" ideas such as SMB, which you on regular basis change to
cause problems for the SAMBA team, or the embrace and extension of the
kerbos protocol. Yet, none of these times do you ever see Microsoft ever try
to create a cross platform solution, thus, another rung in the monopoly
creating ladder has been climbed.

Matthew Gardiner.

Windows goes down quicker than a $2 whore in the Whitehouse.
Received on Monday, 1 October 2001 06:34:36 UTC

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