Move to Europe
Posted Oct 15, 2007 20:05 UTC (Mon) by and
In reply to: Move to Europe
Parent article: A visit from the trolls
> 1) Patents wouldn't hurt Linux at much directly.
I don't agree. Nowadays there is a notion in the US justice system to
apply any US law worldwide. (Interestingly at the same time there seems to
be quite some resistance to obey international law if not convenient, but
that's a different story.) So even if these companies were headquatered in
Europe they still can get sued in the US and if they intend to continue
doing any business there they have to comply to the rulings. So, sorry, no
improvement this way...
> 3) The software patents in the US could be seen as trade barriers
> preventing those European companies entering the US market. There would
> thus be a pressure on the US to abolish the system rather than a
> pressure on Europe to copy it.
I guess it will stay as it is: US companies and officials trying to push
the Europeans to software patents to level the playing field. Probably
that's the more likely option
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