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Silicon.com: Linux group lashes out at EU software patents

Aug 04, 2000, 02:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The forthcoming directive has incurred the wrath of the open source community by proposing - for the first time - that software can be patented in Europe. It aims to protect the interests of small-scale developers who have invested all their resources in their product."

"The EC recognises the dangers. One official told silicon.com: "We are treading very carefully, so that we get the right balance between the interests of developers who need incentives, and small users who would possibly have to pay for this."

"At the heart of the debate is a widespread fear that Europe - one of the few trading blocks in the world that currently has no software patents - will follow the US model."

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