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ESP launches en.swpat.org: a wiki for anti-software patent campaigns

May 06, 2009, 20:31 (0 Talkback[s])

"ESP's executive director Ciaran O'Riordan explains: "So far, we have articles about the case law, legislation, and patent office behavior in various countries. We have articles about economic studies, about related books, about the various ways to fight software patents, about each of the arguments against software patents, and most importantly, the evidence for each argument. There are so many topics, I've only had time to scratch the surface of each, but visitors should get an idea of how all this information is being categorized and organized. We've also built up a very long list of sources of information that have yet to be processed. The wiki can be edited by anyone, so I'm looking forward to seeing what the community and other projects make of it. If other campaigns, large and small, would like to use en.swpat.org as a workspace, that would be welcome. It makes sense for projects with common goals to be interconnected."

""Most of the information currently on en.swpat.org was gathered casually. Each time I see something interesting in a document, I make a note of it in the wiki." O'Riordan continued, "If more people start contributing in this piecemeal manner, we can create something really useful with very little effort. Good wikis are made sentence by sentence. There's no need for anyone to try to write a full article."

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