ResearchOnInnovation: the first opponent of software patents?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 28 Nov 2007 17:34
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Summary:
Charles Babbage is famous as the inventor of the programmable computer. Less well-known, he was also a fierce critic of the British patent system. He wrote that patent law creates “factitious privilages of little value,” where “the most exalted officers of the State in the position of a legalised banditto . . . stab the inventor through the folds of an Act of Parliament and rifle him in the presence of the Lord Chief Justice of England” (Quarterly Review 43, 1830, 333).
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