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PROSA.dk: Danish Computer Professionals Association PROSA Says No to Software Patents

Feb 09, 2001, 18:13 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks for this link to Fermigier, who points out that this organization should not be confused with Prosa Labs, the italian embedded Linux company. ]

"Considerations are currently being taken as to whether software patents should be allowed in Europe. The debate takes places in Denmark as well as in the EU and the European Patent Organisation. The issue has come up after decades with Danish laws forbidding patents on software."

"A patent system for software would favor large companies, who have the necessary legal and administrative resources at their disposal, and impede the establishing of small, innovative companies in the computer industry. Thus, a large company would be able to force smaller competitors to their knees by launching legal battles on patent violation."

"PROSA is concerned that the desire to introduce software patents is not rooted in a wish to encourage innovation, but instead to create new commodities for dominant companies in the trade and jobs for lawyers and patent advisor."

"Today, source code can be protected by copyright provided it, as a work, has sufficient work levels (is not trivial). Based on this, the binary versions derived thereof can also be protected by copyright. PROSA believes that this protection, which covers the primary element in a software product, constitutes an adequate protection."

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