Computerworld: Moving on With Patents and Open-Source Software

“I’m starting to wonder if we in the open-source community need
a grass-roots effort to address patent and license issues. For the
moment, let’s just call it ‘usethesystem.org.’ Its purpose will be
to help our open-source community put aside a resistance to patents
and some of the misperceptions that are preventing the community
from defending itself with a strong patent portfolio. We have the
opportunity to thrive by embracing patents and highly promising
means to do so, if we accept them as a fundamental part of our

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