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ZDNet UK: IBM's Open Patents are Just the First Step

Jan 11, 2005, 23:00 (1 Talkback[s])

"IBM's decision to make five hundred patents available for open source use is a welcome start to 2005. Despite Bill Gates' recent comparison of open source reformers with communists, the most compelling analysis of IBM's move is that it is entirely in the company's capitalistic interests so to do. It has decided that open source creates an environment in which it can be competitive: patents threaten open source. By making a public, irrevocable and unambiguous commitment to use its patents in a way that encourages open source development, IBM expects to reap concrete commercial advantages. This is not a philosophical or moral decision..."

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