Linked by Christian Schaller on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:26 UTC
Legal We today face the risk of software patents being approved in the EU because not enough parliamentary members will be showing up to vote. Due to this it is important for those of us who oppose software patents to make sure EU parliament members see the damage software patents cause, so they realize it is important to be there to vote providing the needed absolute majority. But sending out a clear message is also important for the process of patent reform in the US and other places who have fallen into the trap of introducing them.
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@ adrianryan
by raver31 on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:59 UTC

you are joking aren't you ?

software patents do not protect intellectual property. that is what the copyright laws are for.

anyone with money can patent parts of software in the US, for example, if I had the cash, I would apply for the patent for desktop wallpapers....

now, if the patents office grants me the patent, then any system that used desktop wallpapers would be in breech of my patent and I would have the rights to sue them.

I can also desktop wallpaper licenses so anyone who wants to use them will pay me.

The only people this will benefit will be the largest companies... not I did not say software companies... as ANYONE with the cash can buy them all up...

This is all clearly not right and the US should scrap the idea.

IP is well protected by copyright laws