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At 00:55 31/01/99 -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
>The basic problem with the idea of registering prior art is that this
>will only help against the invalid patents in the area in question.
>It won't do anything to prevent patents for ideas that really are new.
>But those patents can be just as harmful as the ones that are legally
This is very true, but a well-publicised "Open Source ecommerce" site could
hope to shape future trends--and create industry standards--in that area.