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NewsForge: Can the Open Source Community Beat Software Patenters?

Aug 12, 2004, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Patents and the threat they pose to open source and overall software innovation are a hot topic, but patents may not be a useful weapons against a community that works with, ardently supports, and defends open source with money, time, and expertise.

"Jason Shultz, an EFF staff attorney whose organization has posted an Old West-style '10 most wanted patents' list, said there are a number of patents--which the group argues are overly broad and stifling to innovation--that could potentially harm open source projects or plans..."

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