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Re: [DotGNU]flexible for users, or flexible for developers? (wasRe: Us

From: Boris Kolar
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]flexible for users, or flexible for developers? (wasRe: User Interfaces)
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 14:20:11 +0200

> > > Ironically, for a company that goes so far as to
> > > patent a UI abstraction mechanism (ultimately what

My fear is, that somewhere along the road the DotGNU project will have two 
choices: a) to fail, or b) to become "illegal" (but not
unethical). To many corporations, DotGNU is a "dangerous thing" and I see a 
real possibility they'll fight it with stupid laws (like
SSSCA, patenting most basic ideas,...).

Some patents are amazingly stupid and they realy prevent innovation. Why can't 
we simply ignore them? What can they do? It's an
international project, so such stupid patents and laws surely don't (and won't) 
apply everywhere. I mean: who says US legislation
applies to this project?

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