moreejt at xperienceinc.com
Wed May 10 21:34:41 EDT 2006
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Matthew Lewis wrote:
> Your analogy to a hammer breaks down pretty quickly due to the simple
> fact that, though it would be ridiculous if the original inventor did
> stipulate how the hammer could or could not be used, he still has the
> moral right to make that stipulation. Besides which, a hammer and a
I dont know about moral rights but the courts disagree with you. When
it comes to physical goods that are purchased by someone the courts have
repeatedly upheld a persons right to do whatever he wants as long as it
is legal. selling mass produced copies of a patented item is not legal
but modifying an item is legal. The company has no legal right to stop
me from fixing my broken hammer.
> software application are so totally different as to be totally
> incomparable in this way, for many reasons.
I agree. Software is not treated the same as other goods in many
respects so analogies are difficult in general.
That is why this thread will go on forever in useless debate.
PC Xperience, Inc.
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