Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by Havin_it
Legal "Free software is great, and corporate America loves it. It's often high-quality stuff that can be downloaded free off the Internet and then copied at will. It's versatile - it can be customized to perform almost any large-scale computing task - and it's blessedly crash-resistant. A broad community of developers, from individuals to large companies like IBM, is constantly working to improve it and introduce new features. No wonder the business world has embraced it so enthusiastically: More than half the companies in the Fortune 500 are thought to be using the free operating system Linux in their data centers. But now there's a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it's being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents."
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Why cares about it?
by CapEnt on Sun 13th May 2007 23:16 UTC
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Software patents is illegal in almost everywhere except in USA. And even in USA, the software patent system is so scrambled, so confusing, that i serious doubt that any software patent will be ever enforced. Microsoft by himself perhaps are violating a hundred of patents and don't know.

I would love to see Microsoft trying to enforce these patents in places like Brazil or Russia. A good amount of free software developers don't live in USA, and several companies funding it are also not in USA.

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RE: Why cares about it?
by rayiner on Sun 13th May 2007 23:47 in reply to "Why cares about it?"
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Software patents are *not* illegal in the EU. In fact, the software patent regime in the EU isn't much less messed up in practice than it is in the US.

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RE[2]: Why cares about it?
by dylansmrjones on Sun 13th May 2007 23:59 in reply to "RE: Why cares about it?"
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Actually there is no such things as software patents in EU. Or more correct. None of them are valid inside EU while they are valid in USA ;)

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