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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Software patents are overly bad ...
by Darius on Tue 19th Apr 2005 23:02 UTC

They're just overly broad. Personally, I don't see a harm in granting patents for very specific technologies. For example, for whoever invented the mp3 codec, why shouldn't they be granted a patent on that? Not a patent on creating an audio codec, but a patent on creating this particular kind of codec. This rewards the iventory, and certainly doesn't prevent anyone else from creating their own codec - just not THAT codec.
Personally, if I spend a lot of time, money, and effort creating something new (not necessarily a program, but a codec, or new technology), the LAST thing I want to see is my idea implemented in some open source app a month after I release it, which seems to be what a lot of the open source crowd really wants - to leech off of other's hard work.