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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by JJ on Tue 19th Apr 2005 20:38 UTC

Since I do HW & SW I find it to be somewhat strange they are treated so differently. I certainly have no problem with HW patents and all that entails, so I wonder why SW patents are so bad.

If SW gets patents, they should be vigorously challenged unless they are of the same general quality as most (but not all) HW patents, and in return SW consumers should have exactly the same rights when buying SW as HW. That is if its buggy, the SW vendor should be suffer the same fate that Intel did when it had the FPU division error a few years ago.

Any SW person that thinks they should be able to have both patents and the right to ship shoddy SW and EULAs is criminal.

In the future, the distinction between HW & SW will blur considerably esp with FPGAs in the system or SW runtimes that might be in SW or HW, and many aspects of HW can look decidely soft from the inside such as FPU, DSP algorithms. Its far more important to get the SW industry off the free ride its had since MS established the right to ride over roughshod over consumer rights.

Granting SW patents could be a back handed way to force SW industry in line with HW, a small price to pay for the reliability one expects of black boxes.

regards

JJ