Re: [Richard Stallman <firstname.lastname@example.org>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns
> Can free software be patented, or are the two concepts mutually
Copyright and patent are orthogonal.
> It sounds like they are: patenting protects the "concept" of the
One patents (in effect) the algorithm that the software expresses, not the
> ...and the "free software" part is the licensing on the patented
A slimy character could release a program as free software but patent a key
algorthm, and then demand royalties from everyone who uses the program.
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Dancing Horse Hill