Re: Patent submissions should involve more than the item... WRONG idea.
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 03, 2008 04:15 PM
So with software they did some debugging and rewrote some code.
It took about as long to write a "Harry Potter" book as well... that is protected by copyright, the same as the code in the software in ANY software program is also protected.
What is should not be protected is an exclusive right, with software, to write a "Harry Potter" software progam, and have the whole genre of "stories about a wizard or a boy" locked up by patent law for 17 years. Heck, it that were the case, then we would be stuck with badly written code... and no chance of a better written version to come along (society would suffer), or worse a "prohibition on any stories about wizards and young boys and girls" for 17 years. That is why software patents are wrong (and should not be used as protection for any period of time).