[aprssig] New Version 0.45 of UZ7HO "Soundmodem" Soundcard TNC Released

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Tue Oct 30 12:02:26 EDT 2012

That's right.  I am not a lawyer but I do know there's a lot of 
precedent here.  Only a utility patent would protect the actual 
mechanism, and it would have to be novel and non-obvious to warrant that.

That said, I don't like starting fights over this stuff unnecessarily. 
It's fair for George to not want his hard work to benefit commercial 
competitors, but reinventing the wheel won't really benefit anyone.  I'm 
a firm believer in the aphorism "a rising tide lifts all boats" - 
greater compatibility and less duplication of effort is in everyone's 
best interest.


On 10/30/2012 8:50 AM, Jason KG4WSV wrote:
> My understanding (the sum of which would fit in a gnat's navel) of IP
> law in the US is that you can protect your code, but protocols are
> fair game for reverse engineering, and enjoy no IP protection.
> -Jason
> kg4wsv
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