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On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 06:42:27PM +0100, vincent wrote:
> Le 8 nov. 2009 à 18:33, Ty Sarna a écrit :
> >>Okay, it can be no more than a voyage back in time to the
> >>aforementioned episode ? so, is there any estimation as to the
> >>percentage of Sun code in today's NetBSD ZFS port?
> >
> >What does that have to do with anything? It could be 100% NetBSD
> >code and that wouldn't change anything as far as patents.
> I am not sure about this. I think you can't patent a concept, but
> you could patent an implementation. For example, in the electronics
> field, you maybe can patent a type of high-quality oscillator, but
> you cannot claim any property on a different implementation

The software field is different.  Implementations are protected by
copyright.  Why do you think people tend to oppose software patents?

Quentin Garnier - -
"See the look on my face from staying too long in one place
[...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling"
KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.

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