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[DPRG] Never going to buy a MakerBot now

Subject: [DPRG] Never going to buy a MakerBot now
From: Steve Rainwater srainwater at ncc.com
Date: Wed May 28 20:58:39 CDT 2014

On Wed, 2014-05-28 at 16:32 -0500, John Mellesmoen wrote:
> If I invent something then go on the local news and tell the world
> about it...

There used to be a website called shouldexist.org - long gone now
unfortunately. It provided a way for you to publicly disclose your
invention to the world by adding it into a prior art database so that no
one (including yourself obviously) could later file a patent on it. It
was sort of a crowd sourced protection mechanism against the patent
monopoly system. Wish it was still around. 

There are several patent-busting projects today that crowd source
efforts to get specific patents revoked and I expect they'll take up the
cause of the MakerBot patents. The EFF patent busting project has
successfully gotten quite a few patents invalidated, revoked, or at
least narrowed substantially. So donations to the EFF are one good way
to fight the current patent system and push for reform.


Also a few members of the free software community have gone to the
effort and expense of personally obtaining patents for the sole purpose
of making the patented technology available exclusively under the terms
of the GNU GPL, thus thwarting proprietization of the technology. Raph
Levien, for example, holds around 20 patents on printing and font
rendering tech that can be used freely by anyone under the terms of the


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