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[FYI] Law Prof Lessig: Software Patent Situation Is 'Terrifying'


Law Prof Lessig: Software Patent Situation Is

A Harvard Law School professor says the state of software patent
law is "terrifying" and threatens the innovative freedom that fueled
the growth of the Internet -- as well as software projects such as

"Linux got going not because someone successfully patented the
idea, but because they shared the idea," Lawrence Lessig told
technology leaders at Esther Dyson's annual PC Forum conference 
in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Five years ago if you had a great idea, 
you coded. Today, if you have a great idea, you call a lawyer." 

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