patents deny freedom of speech
Posted Jul 8, 2004 11:10 UTC (Thu) by copsewood
In reply to: UK Patents Office complaints email address
Parent article: Europatent preview: Godado patents search engines
I guess this connection is as obvious as the patent I'm complaining about ! There have been interesting cases in the US linking freedom of speech with rights of programmers to create code, so it's an obvious idea to connect this to software patents. In practice, if as a programmer, you have to check a million semantic relationships registered as patents to avoid risk of expensive litigation before you write a line of code, this will restrict freedom of thought and expression as well as impact upon innovation.
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