patents are a bigger threat to free software because we can't pay royalties
Posted Aug 6, 2004 17:36 UTC (Fri) by riel
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
Of course I can always rewrite the code so that it no longer infringes <insert favourite patent>
That is not true at all. Patents lock down concepts
, not implementation. If somebody holds a patent on using a patent on
"Selling things over a network using a server, client and payment processor, or using a client and a server"
(EP803105 and EP738446), then it is impossible for anybody to avoid infringing the patent by rewriting the code...
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Of course, pretty much every software patent is about patenting a concept, not an implementation. Saying that patents should cover specific implementations doesn't apply either, since implementations are already protected by copyright. Really, there is no argument for software patents (unless you're a patent lawyer).
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