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<nettime> PATENTING OPEN SOURCE
Andreas Broeckmann on Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:58:07 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> PATENTING OPEN SOURCE


Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 17:08:48 +0200 (CEST)
From: desk {AT} doorsofperception.com


PATENTING OPEN SOURCE
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 IP.com, 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'.
http://www.priorart.org/press1.jsp

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