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European software patent update
Posted Jan 28, 2005 18:23 UTC (Fri) by BrucePerens (guest, #2510)
Posted Jan 28, 2005 20:21 UTC (Fri) by daniel (subscriber, #3181)
SOFTWARE PATENTS ARE NEEDED
Posted Jan 31, 2005 11:33 UTC (Mon) by Smokeskull (guest, #27580)
Come on now people. You expect to gain respect for the Linux community by supporting anarchy and theft? Not good.
Lets face it. This whole idea that no patents should be allowed is predicated by the fact that Linux is a hodgepodge of stolen source code. Don't kid yourselves. There is no moral high ground or higher purpose here. It is plain old "I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar, now I need to lie my way out of it".
Posted Jan 31, 2005 14:16 UTC (Mon) by rmt (guest, #27583)
you mean COPYRIGHT is needed
Posted Feb 5, 2005 11:17 UTC (Sat) by raboofje (guest, #26972)
Patents are supposed to protect innovative ideas (not code). If you have a patent on an idea, no-one else may commercialize that idea, even if he invented it independently.
That's why patents should only be granted on non-trivial ideas for a limited period of time. Personally I basically agree that software-ideas should be patentable in some situations, but the current text allows too much misuse.
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