Software patents and Free Software implementation
alex at conostix.com
Mon Apr 15 09:17:48 UTC 2002
We (AEL) are trying to have an updated list of patent owners that permit
Free Software implementation under a RF licence of their patents.
On the other side, we have also a list of people that don't permit Free
Software implementation .
We want to show that software patents hurt the Free Software.
We have for the moment two company in the waiting queue (we are waiting
* Cisco Inc. for #5,473,599 in the US for a Hot Standby Redundacy Protocol
* RSA Securities Inc. for #5,724,428 in the US for a Block encryption algorithm with data-dependent rotations
If they don't respond in the two weeks, they will be in the bad list ;-)
(there is one patent for the moment in the "bad" list and the respond of
the owner in the bad list for Free Software)
If you have any specific case of software patents hurting Free Software,
don't hesitate to send it to us. activists at ael.be
For more information (the beta page) : http://www.ael.be/node.php?id=52
Don't hesite to give feedback.
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