Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:16 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian Novell and Microsoft recently entered into an agreement regarding software patents (really?) that betrays the rest of the Free Software community, including the very people who wrote Novell's own system, for Novell's sole financial beneift, according to Bruce Perens. Join Perens in signing an open letter to Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian. "As the agreement stands today, it betrays the authors of the software you re-market and their users worldwide for Novell's sole commercial benefit."
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Patent legislation needs to be reformed
by Nycran on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 10:39 UTC
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Fundamentally the problem here isn't Novell, but the patent system. IMHO, one shouldn't be able to patent an idea that constitutes an obvious solution. Patents should only apply to ideas that require significant intellectual investment.

For example, I have no problems with most pharmaceutical patents because the products they protect require tremendous amounts of research and development, ie, Phd's spend years researching and testing ideas. Moreover, without patents the pharmaceutical industry wouldn't be tenable. The same however cannot be said about software. Software solutions can easily exist without patents and so too can the companies that create them.

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