patents are a bigger threat to free software because we can't pay royalties
Posted Aug 6, 2004 8:31 UTC (Fri) by talahin
In reply to: patents are a bigger threat to free software because we can't pay royalties
Parent article: Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software
than to proprietary software
This is what most pro-patent people want you to think.
Most software patents are not about the implementation (the actual code) which is allready covered by copyright, but about the functionality (the idea). So no matter how much you rewrite the code, if the functionality is the same, you are still infringing the patent.
compare it with a description of 'a device to capture small rodents' or 'a device for cleaning surfaces with the help of a low pressure chamber'
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