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Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe

By Loopus in News
Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 12:56:22 AM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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The EuroLinux Alliance has launched a campaign to warn European legislators against the dangers of software patents as a response to recent hardline proprietarist speeches from the European Commission's Directorate for the Internal Market, which indicated that the Directorate will issue a directive to extend the patent system to software and intellectual methods. Read the press release to find out more. You can sign the petition here.


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Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe | 9 comments (4 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
Let's talk about this one more. (none / 0) (#2)
by h0tr0d on Thu Jun 29, 2000 at 08:59:38 PM EST

It would have been nice to have had a lot more information in the submission. But since there wasn't I think that it's worth our time to discuss it here. While I'm not entirely against software patents I do think the way that they are handled in the US is totally out of whack with the item being patented. Not to mention the fact that I'm tired of patents being granted hand over fist to large corporations for stuff that really seems common sense. I grew up believing that the patent system was to help protect the little guy, it sure has turned out a whole lot different than that.

-- It appears that my spleeing chucker isn't working again.

Re: Let's talk about this one more. (none / 0) (#7)
by current on Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 02:35:59 AM EST

i'd agree to that. Patents were a grat idea, their implementation just did not work. The idea of being capacible of protecting your (wether you person or megacorp.) private inventions, is essential in capitalistic behaviour. Without it wed end up living in a society where everyone would offer same stuff and the best ads would win the competition.

Wich is happening in the linux distro field...
Or at least that seems to be the case for the end users.
(something I learned when I was selling linux propaganda to a friend)

I think this is the reason big companies feel uneasy, towards free software movement.

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The Eternal Meta-Discussion


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Patents aren't for the little guy (none / 0) (#9)
by Tin-Man on Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 12:38:30 PM EST

The sheer cost of getting a patent should tell you that it's not for the little guy.
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The future sure isn't what it used to be!
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Um... NOOOO! (3.00 / 1) (#8)
by Anonymous Hero on Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 10:34:41 AM EST

I don't think the should all-out abolish patents... there should just be some better consideration of the request, and a bit more foresight before they grant the patent.

... and perhaps clauses that allow the government to overturn a patent if it proves... ridiculous later down the road. (i.e. hyperlinks)

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