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 The Badger on Wed 20th Apr 2005 11:39 UTC

"For example, if I'd like to spend 100 Million dollars on finding a cure for AIDS, this is a major undertaking, according to our current knowledge, so 20 years protection is probably justified."

Oh yes, with those inflated drugs prices, well out of reach of the third world, I guess the drugs company concerned just put a price on the millions who would die because of that monopoly - a monopoly possibly stolen from the commons anyway, given the amount of basic research going on in academia that it would draw from.

But hey, got to think of that share price...