Friday, April 22, 2005

India rejects software patents

via Boing Boing
Indian parliament deleted the section from the patents bill regrading the software patents as left parties prevailed over the Government on the issue.

[from Slashdot]

Once upon a time, on a sunny evening with a distant rainbow in the east, sitting on the wet green lawn near the roses, Albert and Trebla went into an argument AGAIN...

Albert: Well done, India!

Trebla: Well done, India! 30 years should be sufficient!

Albert: Trebla, what do you mean for 30 years should be sufficient?

Trebla: Yeah, given today's speed of progress, 30 years of not respecting other's patent should be enough.

Albert: What?!

Trebla: All countries started as pirate nation, including USA. This is a natural progression!

Albert: NATURAL PROGESSION! Come on, brother. Your twisted mind is not working any more.

Trebla: Brother, R & D stands for "Repeat and Duplicate". That's how one can learn from the past. Even the great Physicist Newton said his discovery stands on the shoulders of giants in the past.

Albert: So, why you say 30 years is enough? Do you think that India will revert to enforcing software patent after 30 years.

Trebla: Yes, of course. It is natural progression. In the agricultural era, people own land. These landlords do not have to work. They live off their properties. In the industrial era, people own money and live off from their investment. Again, they do need to work. What do you think people will live on and yet do not need to work in the information era?

Albert: Ideas?

Trebla: Yes, ideas. The greedy nature of human will move to propose to protect "my property" - i.e. ideas. So, when India becomes an idea-exporting country, they will impose patents to protect their rich people. Just like USA, stupid!

Albert: ...

Trebla: When are you going to learn to be smarter, brother?