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Re: [OT-Slashdot] McAfee Granted Far-Reaching Spam-Control Patent



On Wed, Jun 02, 2004 at 08:16:04AM -0600, Stephen Smoogen wrote:
> No.. we need to have a patent-a-thon, where we get 200 geeks at a
> conference to think up ideas to patent that are very broad and then have
> them looked at by some lawyers who are on our side. We then file them in
> short order and when awarded put that the only way the items can be used
> is if the implementation is GPL'd or they buy a private license from
> FSF. (or put your favorite license/organization there.) I figure that we
> can hack the system quite well enough that the organizations decide that
> making changes should be ok. Then you start parading out the worst
> patents in ways that really affect people until they decide that they
> need to clean/remove it. 

I think what we need is for someone like IBM (actually, forget "someone
like" -- IBM'll do) to do this with a broad swath of _their_ patents....

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Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org        <http://www.mattdm.org/>
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