"'Many members of the free software movement have taken strong
public positions against software patents. Mr. Stallman [founder of
the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman] has long been clear
about his views on this issue,' said [Heather J.] Meeker.
"However Meeker contends that, 'the question of whether software
patents are a serious threat to free software remains
controversial. Some argue that software patents do not discourage
innovation; some argue that they do...'"