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TheStandard: Patent Problems

Jan 26, 2000, 20:02 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Lessig)

"Every method of doing business in cyberspace by definition is instantiated in technology - code. Thus, every method becomes subject to a patent...."

"But for a growing number of people, "Amazon.com" has a second meaning. When it filed suit against Barnes & Noble to defend its patent over the "one-click" technology, it stood for a different trend in cyberspace. This is the trend to patent cyberspace - the explosion of patents claiming rights to technologies, and hence to ways of doing business, on the Net."

"One of this growing number is Richard Stallman. Winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," founder of the Free Software Movement, author of GNU - which made Linux possible - Stallman is not quite as rich as Bezos. Nor is he as young. But among founders of the Net, he has earned a certain respect as a man who speaks from principle."

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