What's wrong with this picture?
Posted Dec 8, 2005 1:04 UTC (Thu) by lilo
In reply to: What's wrong with this picture?
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN
These companies aren't interested in Open Source. They want to win the battle for software patenting. And they will use OIN to justify to European legislators that the software patent problem has been "solved" for Open Source.
Clearly nothing is solved on a permanent basis. As Pamela said, this is not a long-term solution. Whatever its motivations, any public stock company, be it a SCO or a Philips or an IBM, is only one board change, or one management change, away from a complete change in its business ethics and goals. That having been said, this is still a good thing. The only thing better than protecting against patent abuse is changing patent law and it's hard to see anyone abandoning those efforts based on a temporary solution, however well-crafted.
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