"Four months after being announced, the End Software Patents
project (ESP) is launching a new Web site with arguments for
economists, computer scientists, lawyers, and lay people about why
they should support the project. Prominent on the site is the
publication of a report on the state of patents in the United
States during 2006-07, and a scholarship contest that will award
$10,000 for 'for the best paper on the effects of the patentability
of software and business methods under US law.'
"The project is being launched with initial funding of a quarter
million dollars, supplied primarily by the Free Software Foundation
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