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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Patently a problem
by traveller on Wed 20th Apr 2005 05:19 UTC

The software patent boosters on the net here and elsewhere present the problem as software-patents and not-software-patents, a http://www.infidels.org/news/atheism/logic.html#bifurcation false dilemma. This is disingenuous. Software and the law are pure products of the mind and there is a universe of possibilities for protecting hard work with the current patent regime being only one of them. Please, think a little more deeply and honestly, and stop pretending that what we have is the only way and that software patents are obviously worthwhile when huge numbers of software creators are telling you they're not.