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ZDNet UK: Stallman: Patents Victimize Developers

Mar 29, 2002, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Loney)

"To Richard Stallman, software patents are a sort of lottery, bringing benefits to people only rarely.

"Stallman is well known among free software fans as the writer of the GNU Public License, the licensing model used by most open-source software writers to ensure that their software remains in the public domain.

"Speaking here earlier this week at the Cambridge University Computer Lab on the issue of software patents, Stallman began by explaining that he doesn't have a problem with patenting individual programs -- 'that would be harmless' -- but with patenting ideas..."

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