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Re: Software Patents

From: Bruno Wolff III <bruno(at)wolff(dot)to>
To: Thomas Hallgren <thhal(at)mailblocks(dot)com>
Cc: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Dawid Kuroczko <qnex42(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 17:59:35
Message-ID: 20050422175935.GA16843@wolff.to (view raw or flat)
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On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 19:30:23 +0200,
  Thomas Hallgren <thhal(at)mailblocks(dot)com> wrote:
> That makes it even easier for the big companies to put the OSS projects 
> out of business if that is what they want. As OSS has more and more 
> impact on their revenue, rest assured that there will be lawsuits. 
> Sooner rather than later. The fact that software patents are recognized 
> in a limited part of the world at present is protecting us to some 
> extent. Less so if it gets approved in the EU.

I think it has more to do with legislation is pending to legitimize
software patents in some key areas of the world and vested interests
don't want to produce a lot of examples of why those laws shouldn't
be passed before they are acted on.

I expect as soon as things are resolved in the European Union, you will
see attacks against open source projects by major companies that are
threatened by open source.

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