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ZDNet Australia: Gates Gonged as OSS community Fights Patent War

Mar 04, 2005, 01:45 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Iain Ferguson)

"A controversial European Commission directive--that proponents say merely reflects and reinforces the current patenting regime in member countries--could in fact, according to an Australian lawyer, stifle open source software development throughout the region. Jeremy Malcolm, a lawyer specialising in information technology said: 'It may perhaps stop some of the development that is going on in Europe on open source. You may find that some people developing software over there will have to stop doing it because of the threat of being sued over patent violations...'"

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