Software patents don't exist in most of the world
Posted Jan 27, 2010 15:29 UTC (Wed) by pboddie
In reply to: Software patents don't exist in most of the world
Parent article: Blizzard: HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web
Remember back in the bad old days when another kind of math was illegal in some countries, back then there were "international" versions of many packages with all the crypto features and restricted versions for the US.
You're mixing up a number of issues here:
- Actual prohibition of encryption
- Export restrictions
- Patent claims
In fact, as I recall, the US versions of programs like Netscape Navigator/Communicator had "full-strength" encryption employing the patent-encumbered RSA technologies; most other countries got the "export-strength" encryption; countries like France had special encryption-free versions. I imagine that there may well have been programs used widely outside the US that would not have been tolerated in the US, but that would quite likely have more to do with patent claims than the other factors.
Yes, it's tempting to say "to hell" with the patent cartels, but doing so in their backyard while proliferating their technologies (and thus drawing vendors into having to support those technologies, thus funding those cartels still further) cannot be regarded as the most prudent strategy for an outfit like Mozilla.
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