Freedom of Speech in Software

Freedom of Speech in Software by Phil Salin 7/15/91, courtesy slashdot


  1. Computer Programs are Writings.
  2. Central Planning or Licensure of Good Ideas in Software Won't Work.
  3. Patents on Writings Discourage Trial and Error Perfection of Ideas.

Finally, someone who explains why software should be copyrighted only (and if that at all), not patented.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Sat 30 August 2003. Tags: government, open source, programming, technology