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Progaming Code as protected speech
Author: Adam Farstrup Posted: 4/7/2000; 9:42:21 AM Topic: Progaming Code as protected speech Msg #: 16014 Prev/Next: 16013 / 16015
The Financial Times has an interesting piece about the Ohio Federal Court of Appeals upholding programing code as a form of free speech protected by the first amendment.
Computers Win Right to Freedom of Speech
My logical train of thought asks, "If code is protected speech, how can you patent it? Shouldn't it be more analogous to a copyright?" This seemed to be the thrust of the arguments presented by Dave and Tim O'Reilly and it seems that this court decision lends credence to that thought. Very interesting.
PS Dave, if I may, any reason why you are now David Winer in the discussion group?
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- Re: Progaming Code as protected speech, Jeremy Bowers, 4/7/2000; 11:14:34 AM
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