GNU.org: Letter from RMS to Tim O’Reilly

“Here’s a message that Richard M. Stallman sent to Tim
O’Reilly on March 11, in regard to the statement by Jeff Bezos, CEO
of Amazon, which called for software patents to last just 3 or 5

“The idea that software patents should last 3 or 5 years has
been proposed for a decade now, as a compromise that would
eliminate most of the harm that software patents now do. Support
for this idea from Jeff Bezos is a good thing, since it may bring
us a step closer to action by Congress. Congratulations for helping
to bring this about.”