Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Software Patents

Author:Eric Kidd
Posted:8/20/2000; 11:32:16 AM
Topic:A History of "Open Source"
Msg #:19852 (In response to 19849)
Prev/Next:19851 / 19853

In the 'free speech' analogy, this would mean 'you can write any software you want'. I don't think that's what free software is about (well, that too, but not mainly).

Well, I supose I should mention Stallman's other, less-successful crusade, the one against patents. You can read all about it at the League for Programming Freedom. Stallman saw the evils of software patents at least ten years ago, but again, nobody listened.

This threat does affect your ability to write any software you want.


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