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Free Software Magazine: Rabbits and Foxes

Nov 09, 2006, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pieter Hintjens)

"A couple of weeks ago, at a very large event in Brussels, I sat and watched several government officials, from the US and EU, debate innovation policy. This sounds very grand, but what they actually said, to paraphrase, was 'we want to stimulate innovation by spending money and protecting intellectual property.'

"At an FFII meeting last week, I realised what governments have been thinking. Patents = innovation. This seems obvious but it took me a while to grasp. Governments actually believe that more patents means more innovation..."

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