[Fsfe-ie] patent letter to be sent thursday night (v2)
ian at locut.us
Thu May 6 18:14:23 CEST 2004
Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
>>How about "Software patents impose artificial limits on innovation,
>>and are therefore contrary to the very freedom that nurtures
>>innovation in the software industry".
> I think the original is better.
Ok, I agree mine is too wordy - but the original still seems awkward to
me. One more try - up to you whether you take it or leave it:
"Software patents impose artificial limits on people's ability to
innovate. Innovation thrives in an ecosystem of free and unencumbered
ideas, and will be inhibited by the imposition of software patents."
> I'm a bit short of research time though, so if anyone has specifics...
One quote I like is:
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of
today's ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry
would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates
Dug this up:
In the US, a company called Test Central Inc claims to have a patent on
the idea of online testing, and has sent threatening letters to
educational institutions demanding payment.
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