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 Metic on Wed 20th Apr 2005 00:08 UTC

I certainly have no problem with HW patents and all that entails, so I wonder why SW patents are so bad.

Software and computer languages are just a very restricted universe. There's always only a very restricted amount of ways to do things, and it is not difficult at all to come to the same conclusions independently. Not so with hardware. So, software / programming is a bit like using notes to make music, and, on the other hand, instruments, studio equipment, record formats etc. would be musical hardware.

Patenting a radically new musical instrument might make sense, or patenting a new game like chess. But (in the case of music) allowing people to patent certain music forms or (in the case of chess/games) a new chess opening would be pure madness, just like allowing companies to patent double mouse clicks or "new technology" like this http://webshop.ffii.org/ indeed also is.