Making the case against software patents (Was: Re: [Fsfe-ie] Ivana Bacik
ian at locut.us
Mon May 24 11:13:45 CEST 2004
Niall Douglas wrote:
> If pro-patent supporters really don't want software to be patentable,
> why are they opposing the clarifying amendments such as the EP came
> up with?
> I'd like to see them explain that one. If they try, quote the
> specific amendment which means "computer software shall not be
> patentable full stop period forever" and ask them precisely what is
> wrong with that amendment.
Playing devil's advocate, I suspect they would argue that such an
amendment would mean that physical inventions with a component that is
software (eg. a form of computer-controlled lathe) would not be
patentable, and they consider this to be undesirable. By this point
they have successfully blunted your argument.
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