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LinuxMall.com: EuroLinux Circulates Internet Petition Against Software Licensing

Jun 19, 2000, 17:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At least this way no one has to be accosted by a volunteer with a clipboard. Instead, the EuroLinux Alliance has taken to circulating its petition on a larger street corner--the Internet."

"Frank Hoen, president of the Dutch company NetPresenter, argues that patents do not serve the purpose for which they are granted--protection of intellectual property. "Financial analysts should be aware that the software patent system, as it has evolved in the U.S., does generate many costly legal disputes but does not succeed in protecting real software inventors or investors. It [the U.S. patent system] is a system which allows companies with a strong legal team, and often no merit, to rip-off or block innovative companies."

"As it has been highlighted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard economists," Hoen continues, "a system based on copyright, or copyright-like sui generis (unique) law, protects investment in software technologies much better than the current U.S. patent system."

"Jacques Le Marois, President of MandrakeSoft, expresses concern regarding freedom of innovation. "Software Patents are a major concern, not only for the Linux & Open Source Software industry, but for the whole IT industry."

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