Re: Software Patents: The Lowest Common Denominator

On Sun, 2005-07-17 at 17:39 +0100, Alan Horkan wrote:
> I am saying software patents already exist and fear of them is already
> causing developers to hold back in certain areas.  We are aware there is a
> problem.  What plans can be made to mitigate against this problem?

They don't exist in most places, and they might very well be a TRIPS

The best course of action is to actively oppose software patents,
instead of passively. Don't just claim support for the cause, but do
help out. A major round was just gained in Europe, but the fight is far
from over.

Rumor is some are trying to get them discretely and under the hood with
the Community Patent directive proposal.

Other attempts may come by international treaties.

I personally questioned Mark MacGann, Irish, from EICTA here in
Portugal, and even let him fell caught red handed for a few seconds
while he had just implicitly admitted they want software patents by
saying SAP is an important member who shares their view [funny you say
that, since they only deal with software].


+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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