|Authored by: nsomos on Monday, July 16 2012 @ 05:32 PM EDT|
|I queried a Mathematician I know, and here was his response...|
What would be the point of patenting mathematics?
You might as well patent poetry or individual
numbers like pi or golden ratio. Software patents
are irksome enough as it is. What would make sense
is to publish and then copyright. This is done in
books and journals. You can still use other peoples
mathematical discoveries without permission but it
is nice to attribute the work of others
When I asked if I could quote him ...
It seems like common sense to me, but, sure, you
can use my words, but please don't use my name
since I don't want to get involved.
I might add ...
you might as well patent fashion dresses, or story plots.
My guess is that you are only too eager for things to
be patentable, because you can make money off the legal
wrangling over such patents. To you this is a business.
Would you do what you do, as hard as you do, if you had
little to no chance of being paid for it? But there are plenty
of Mathematicians and programmers who do what they do,
for no greater reward than the love of their craft,
and sometimes for the recognition for their work.
In a way, some people are truly blind, even if they
supposedly can see.
How about we patent legal arguments. I double dog dare
you to do that. After all, isn't (or shouldn't) everything
be patentable. Just see how the 'justice' system will
implode and self destruct if you DO patent legal arguments.
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