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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@Miles Stevenson
by Christian Schaller on Wed 20th Apr 2005 07:59 UTC

First of all I never considered myself a socialist, in fact I been a member of the my homecountries conservative party for many years.

My claim in the article is, and you have said little or nothing to refute that, that it benefits the inventors and businessmen more to have a system without patents than it does to have one with patents, and I think I brought up a lot of examples of why this is true.

The IT industry was from the start without software patents, it thrived exceptionally and it rewarded people exceptionally. I doubt you will claim that inventors and smart businessmen have suffered horrible in the IT industry due to this. Could many of the shortcomings of the software patent systems be addressed through reform, maybe, but I think before we consider that option there should be some clear evidence showing that it actually spurs economic development in the software sector more than not having them.