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Groklaw: How SW Patents Endanger FOSS

Jul 01, 2005, 01:45 (2 Talkback[s])


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"The European Parliament has a web site, naturally, and on the site, they have a page giving background information on what's happened so far in the software patents directive story, the directive that Microsoft and other large software companies want passed. It comes to a vote on July 7. The page mentions that 80% of all patents are owned by large corporations and governments. So, of course, large corporations want what they want, and they are lobbying hard for it.

"The web site is fairly neutral in its coverage, but what I notice is that they don't stress the threat to Free and Open Source software if this directive is passed as is, or the reasons why it is endangered by the directive, although they mention the issue in passing..."

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