Software patents and Free Software implementation
alexandre.dulaunoy at ael.be
Wed Apr 17 09:35:19 UTC 2002
On Tue, 16 Apr 2002, Loic Dachary wrote:
> Alexandre Dulaunoy writes:
> > Yes, you are right. We are currently battle to stop patent in Europe (in
> > Belgium and Luxembourg governement) and they (gvt) have a (bad) general
> > argument that saying "Software patent exists in the US and Free Software exists
> > also in the US, so there is not issue with innovation in Free Software".
> > Of course, they are wrong but we need arguments...
> As Alessandro pointed out, it is not a matter of stopping
> software patents in Europe (they are illegal). I know you're very well
> aware of this fact :-) But your choice of words can lead the reader to
> think otherwise. It's better to say "We are currently battling to keep
> software patents out of Europe" or something like that.
We have made a new version of the document :
After the excellent comments of Loic, Alessandro and others.
I hope the position is more clear on the page.
Don't hesitate to give feedback.
PS : Regarding the FSMlabs patent, there are two discussions around that :
* The patent itself. (It seems they are some prior arts from
Digital Research but seems to be an old trade secret)
* Of using the "bad" current patent system to force use of Free
I will not discuss around that because it could start a long thread.
Alexandre Dulaunoy http://www.foo.be/
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