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SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
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Followup to:  <367C8EF3.AC241233@psychosis.com>
By author: Dave Cinege <dcinege@psychosis.com>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> Who is to say what is and is not patentable? (Do you cede that government has a
> stake in all ideas???) If you want to keep TOTAL rights to something, DON'T
> make it public at all.
>

The biggest problem is that in the U.S., the Government has allowed
patenting of things that are blatantly *NOT* patentable, due to the
"obviousness" restriction, which has basically been ignored here.

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