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CNET News: Anonymous Backer Funds Patent Foe

Apr 09, 2003, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"Bruce Perens has found what every open-source activist needs: a sugar daddy.

"A sponsor has provided Perens with a $50,000 annuity to support his advocacy for open-source organizations and his opposition to the software patents that he says are stymieing industry standards on which open-source groups depend.

"'I'm very concerned about software patents,' Perens said. 'They remain a blocker for open-source software. It's really difficult for us to coexist with them, and what we're trying to do right now is mitigate the problem in the standards arena by encouraging standards organizations to engineer standards that are royalty-free...'"

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