[Fsfe-ie] story running on the register

Harry Tormey slander at assassinationmedia.org
Fri Nov 28 13:56:07 CET 2003

Also the news story on the register came from http://www.electricnews.net/
and according to their site : " ElectricNews.Net is the technology
newswire for Ireland, publishing updated technology and e-business news 
in areas including e-commerce, advertising & marketing, investment, and 
wireless technologies. An essential guide to the vibrant world of IT in 
one of the world's most exciting e-business centres, ElectricNews.Net
was established in 1999 and has built a loyal readership of Irish and
international decision makers and technology specialists"

Check out the about from electricnews of the guy wrote the story
:"Ciaran Buckley is a finance and technology journalist and is a regular
contributor to ElectricNews.net, Business and Finance, The Irish Farmers
Journal, The Sunday Business Post, Ireland on Sunday and The Irish
Independent. Prior to becoming a journalist, Ciaran worked as a
consultant to the Microsoft Corporation in Dublin and Seattle and as a
financial analyst with Berg & Co in Boston, Massachussetts. He was
awarded the Wallace non-Fiction Prize in 1991 by the Yale Daily News
Magazine. "


On Fri, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:26:47AM +0000, Ian Clarke wrote:
> Harry Tormey wrote:
> >http://theregister.co.uk/content/4/34244.html
> >>From story :  "The purpose of patents is to encourage innovation, so
> >that you can create something, patent it, make money from it and use the
> >money for further innovation," said Karen Murray, a barrister and
> >lecturer on IT law at the National College of Ireland. "But the patents
> >are published and are available for people who would like to enhance
> >that innovation."
> >
> >Any one have any thoughts on the tone of the story ?
> It is unfortunate that, which Karen Murray accurately explained the 
> *purpose* of patents, she did not comment on how well they achieve their 
> stated purpose in the realm of software (ie. they fail completely, and 
> actually raise the cost and risk associated with innovation).
> I wasn't aware of the $15B R&D threat, clearly a bluff.  If they were 
> happy to spend $15B without software patents before, why not now?
> Is there a rebuttal to that letter?  If so, does anyone know if it has 
> been sent to MEPs?
> Ian.

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