Who has been erased from the record?

On Scripting News, Dave Winer writes: "I've seen this over and over. The open source community has little respect for creativity. If I don't patent my creations, I've learned, they will erase me from the record."

I wonder if Dave could list anyone from the open source community who made a significant contribution and then been erased from the record. Or two people, so it could be described as happening "over and over"...

Linus, Alan, Eric, Richard, Guido, Larry, Brian... nobody is erasing them. Maybe Dave thinks he's a special case.

Written on October 24, 2002