On Thursday 27 May 2004 14:00, Paul Jakma wrote:
>> Also, I wonder if, even if EU does not have software patents, what
> would happen if you violated a US software patent and took a trip to
> US? Could you be served with a writ?
If patent violation was _criminalised_ in some country could you be extradited
under some extradition treaty or other? As we know, the I"P" neofascists
are fully capable of getting sterner punishments for e.g. copyright
infringement than for e.g. rape made statutory - obvious next step is to
argue "look this crime is worse than rape, or it wouldn't have such a severe
punishment, we must be able to extradite people to face such serious charges
over here, they're a threat to Freedom and Truth and Apple Pie. Oh, and
would somebody think of the children?". Such "logic" seems to work on
depressingly large numbers of people.
I can certainly see some slimy US diplomat arguing for an I"P" infringement
extradition treaty if his corporate masters told him to - and that's if it
hasn't happened already without me noticing...
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