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ZDNet: Will Patents Pillage Open Source?

Apr 16, 2003, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Frank)

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"Is open-source software just one patent away from annihilation?

"Many people think so and point to the ominous convergence of two trends: the widening availability of software patents and the willingness of intellectual-property owners to challenge distributors of open-source software. If someone can obtain a patent to key features of the Linux kernel, couldn't that person bring the entire open-source community to its knees by threatening industrywide legal action? At that point, shouldn't CIOs flee open source for the safety of Microsoft and Sun Microsystems?

"Not so fast..."

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