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Friday, January 14, 2005
  Software Patents
The following headline from the Mises Blog caught my attention: Surely Without Patents No One Will Invent Widgets. The post goes on to note that IBM has opened 500 of its software patents to the "open-source" software development community, and that the European Union is looking to scrap software patents entirely.

As someone with a BS in computer science, I'd just like to add some interesting observations. Several prominent "open-source" projects, began as commercial projects, protected by the very patents being decried here. Let's just list some: There are very good pieces of software that have been developed without patents; but generally, they aren't as good (i.e., complete, feature rich, practical) as commercially developed software.

Also, I'm sad to say, most programmers are way to my left; when I went to college (I just graduated 8 months ago), I was the only person who liked Microsoft, let alone actually admitted that their products were any good. It is cachet amongst programmers to revile Microsoft and most commercial software; anytime an "open-source" equivalent is available, it is flocked too. I also found this attitude entrenched in most of the faculty, as well.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 12:59 AM


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