Groklaw: Richard Stallman on Software Idea Patents

“The supposition that software idea patents are inevitable is a
form of defeatism that is already visibly mistaken. The movement
against software idea patents in Europe, led by FFII (fii.org) and
supported by organizations as diverse as Deutsche Bank Research and
the Confederation of Associations of Small and Medium-size
Enterprises, has already persuaded the European Parliament once.
The outcome will be so close that it is absurd to think you can
predict the winner.

“Yet even now, thousands of people who oppose software idea
patents still shy away from imagining we can prevent them…”