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  Software Patents in the EU
Subject:   artificial distinction between hardware and software
Date:   2005-03-09 08:34:11
From:   zeuice
Response to: artificial distinction between hardware and software

Isn't the reason that razors (as opposed to software) can be patented is because once someone has investigated, protyped, and developed a razor they have to begin to manufacture & distribute the physical device? someone could copy their design, get one up on them and distribute their own slightly modified design. This would mean the original razor designer went to great cost & lengths to create their razors all to be wasted by a copycat, a software developer has no such worries as a piece of software can be copied and distributed for free, so if it's copied, there has been no loss in manufacture costs (only r&d time/costs).