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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@I'm not telling
by A nun, he moos on Wed 20th Apr 2005 21:25 UTC

Please remember that IP law is used to establish monopolies. This is very nice for people that want to use some idea or expression to make capital, but it not a free market. So, are you a free market capitalist, or a 'I earned/inherited it, so can do what I damn well please with my money' capitalist?

This is actually a very good point. A monopoly on a method, such as the one granted by a patent, is actually a restriction on the free market. In a true free market, you'd be able to use a method developed by a competitor without restriction. So in fact patents are by definition a protectionist measure, which requires the direct intervention of the state. It's strange that free-market ideologues would support software patents, as doing so is in fact endorsing an artificial limitation imposed on corporations (save one) by the state...