Groklaw: Patents--Why Free/Open Source Software Might Have Less to Fear than Non-Free Software
Sep 01, 2004, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Many believe that patents pose a large threat to Free/Open
Source Software. Although this may be true, Free Software is no
more concerned about, and actually might be less concerned about,
software patents than most other software developers.
"First recognize that any patent that covers Free Software is
going to cover non-free software, because licensing terms are
irrelevant to a patent's scope. So, there aren't any patents that
only threaten Free Software; they all threaten all software,
regardless of license terms..."