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kevin lyda writes:
>On Sun, Jul 11, 2004 at 06:25:32PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
>> Universities, especially in US, make a lot of money by way of the
>> patent system, either by direct patent licensing or by spinning off
>> successful research into commercial entities or by acting as "R&D for
>> hire" for private sector interests (who then reap the rewards of
>> patent licencing if the R&D is successful).
>>again, that's a recent phenomenon.
Yep, very recent, at that, and the side-effects are not yet known,
as these things take time to play out.
Compare UCB's totally free release of BSD UNIX back in the 70's, and the
effects of that, with the current focus on patenting innovative ideas
developed in university research... who knows what the side-effects of the
latter will be in 20 years time?
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