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Re: Software patents and Debian

On 8/30/06, Nathanael Nerode <neroden@fastmail.fm> wrote:
... xor is patented.

For that matter, wikipedia currently lists five different patents
on perpetual motion devices.

The standards for getting a patent are low, and despite legal
practice to the contrary patents really should be treated as
invalid until proved otherwise.  This is particularly true for
patents which apply to the use of a general-purpose computer
(where most of the design features of the system covered by
the patent were established decades ago).


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