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Subject: RE: [emergency] RE: Opportunity for CAP? State CIOs Plan System To Warn Public Of Danger

On Mon, 2005-01-10 at 14:28 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Yes. Hail Mary patents.  If the cost of getting the patent 
> isn't too high, it's worth the attempt.  It is one way to 
> slow down imitators and aggregators who can gang feeds and 
> reduce costs; like other broadcast models, rates can 
> vary to sponsors depending on the rating of the service. 
> So the best deal is to get exclusive rights from the 
> content originators somewhat like the legal information
> service providers.

Patents are patently bad. They also provide a mechanism to secure a
market with an inferior product and curb innovation. Exclusive rights is
just a synonym for vendor lock-in. After all, this is (supposedly)
public information.


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