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Then no software is free.
Evidence or urban legend - "problems" companies have
Posted May 21, 2011 5:40 UTC (Sat) by faramir (subscriber, #2327)
Are you saying that ALL software is covered by
patents? That seems implausible.
Posted May 21, 2011 6:29 UTC (Sat) by dark (subscriber, #8483)
Either way, how can you prove for any piece of software that it's not covered by any patents?
Posted Jun 5, 2011 5:47 UTC (Sun) by JanC_ (guest, #34940)
Posted May 21, 2011 9:54 UTC (Sat) by DOT (subscriber, #58786)
Posted May 21, 2011 10:30 UTC (Sat) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
for example, the RCU patent has been licensed to all software under the GPL IIRC
Posted May 22, 2011 8:22 UTC (Sun) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted May 22, 2011 21:13 UTC (Sun) by dneary (subscriber, #55185)
I would say *proven* to infringe a patent. And that needs a court case. And a bucketload of money. And not $1 bills.
So, all software is free, and the patent system is broken, and keeps approving patents which, if challenged, would be invalidated. So, as I said, I don't worry about patents, and I don't think a patent should ever be a reason not to write a piece of free software.
Posted May 22, 2011 23:11 UTC (Sun) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted May 27, 2011 7:04 UTC (Fri) by AdamW (guest, #48457)
Posted May 29, 2011 18:50 UTC (Sun) by Wol (guest, #4433)
For example, where I live, software patents are EXplicitly NOT permitted. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the EPO granting them in contravention of their constitution :-(
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