Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2006 21:19 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source An effort by the Open Source Development Labs to help developers defend themselves against software patents has come under fire from FSF founder Richard Stallman, who believes that the plan could backfire. The controversy centers on the issue of patents on software processes, which many believe could threaten the future of open-source software and software innovation in general. Because software processes are abstract, critics say such patents effectively let companies monopolize ideas, without which software can't be developed.
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j-s-h
Member since:
2005-07-08

Free software is about free as in freedom. Free burgers would mean having the recipe for the burgers, and being allowed to make your own.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

so to compare it to the RMS argument, it would be as if mcdonalds had a patent on all burgers:

"method for creating a flat, hot, piece of minced meat"

and then starting to sue ever household thats doing a back yard bbq using the familys own recipie thats been passed down the generations.

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codehead78 Member since:
2006-08-04

Now scare these families into thinking this could actually happen... and they'll find better uses for their foil than backyard bbq.

As far as Software Patent strategies being MAD, Open Source doesn't have to file for any patents. There are businesses that have a stake in Open Source that can countersue if someone tries to sue an OS project.

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davegetrag Member since:
2006-03-31

Free software is about free as in freedom. Free burgers would mean having the recipe for the burgers, and being allowed to make your own.

And we all know that would bring about the destruction of human civilization....according to some around here! ;)

Well if Torvalds says it then it MUST be true and right compared to the crazy nut RMS. Makes you wonder how and why Torvalds bothered with using the GPL if the purpose/meaning of that license was so repulsive to him.

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