1997-02-05 - Silly Americans

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From: Rick Osborne <osborne@gateway.grumman.com>
To: cypherpunks mailing list <cypherpunks@toad.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-02-05 07:26:22 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 23:26:22 -0800 (PST)

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From: Rick Osborne <osborne@gateway.grumman.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 23:26:22 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks mailing list <cypherpunks@toad.com>
Subject: Silly Americans
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________________________ R i c k   O s b o r n e ________________________
I was reading through the news when I stumbled across a thread that made a
very good point.  The original poster was talking about the UniSys GIF
patent, and this was the reply:

>Broaden your view. I can do anything I want with the GIF format without
>asking _anyone_, and so can almost everyone in the world - except those
>poor americans who chose to live under a "broken" patent law which
>allows protecting _algorithms_. Totally silly.

It brings up an interesting point, especially when applied to ITAR/EAR.  On
a philosophical note, why *do* we allow the government to regulate
algorithms?  (Implementations, I can understand, but *algorithms*?)
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