Steve Schear on Fri, 22 Jun 2001 20:01:14 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> PATENTING OPEN SOURCE

At 02:41 PM 6/22/2001 +0100, you wrote:

>--- begin forwarded text
>Status:  U
>Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 19:55:40 +0200
>From: Andreas Broeckmann <>
>Subject: <nettime> PATENTING OPEN SOURCE
>Reply-To: Andreas Broeckmann <>
>Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 17:08:48 +0200 (CEST)
>Patent protection for open source software may seem like a contradiction in
>terms, but the Foresight Institute, which campaigns for the free exchange
>of knowledge in software and nanotechnology, has teamed up with, a
>Silicon Valley start-up, to work on the PriorArt initiative for programmers
>and scientists.  Under the initiative, software developers and
>nanotechnologists are encouraged to undertake 'defensive publishing' -
>which means releasing their innovations into the public domain so others
>cannot later patent what they have invented. Such public disclosure of
>innovation is known in law as 'prior art'.

This was discussed at their fall meeting.  Following this path might also 
deter those who would seek to keep these technologies out of the hands of 
independent developers or average citizens.


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