Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them

Posted by BernardSwiss on Nov 3, 2012 8:04 AM EDT
Wired; By Richard Stallman
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Patents threaten every software developer, and the patent wars we have long feared have broken out. Software developers and software users – which in our society, is most people – need software to be free of patents.

The patents that threaten us are often called “software patents,” but that term is misleading. Such patents are not about any specific program. Rather, each patent describes some practical idea, and says that anyone carrying out the idea can be sued. So it’s clearer to call them “computational idea patents.”

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