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effi.org: Open Letter on Software Patents from Linux Developers

Sep 22, 2003, 16:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox)

"Dear Mr. Cox,

"We have been following with growing concern that Europe has been extending patentability to computer programs. Now European Parliament is about to vote on a directive that could put a stop to this development, or make it worse, depending on how it is amended by the Parliament.

"US experience shows that, unlike traditional patents, software patents do not encourage innovation and R&D, quite the contrary. In particular they hurt small and medium-sized enterprises and generally newcomers in the market. They will just weaken the market and increase spending on patents and litigation, at the expense of technological innovation and research..."

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