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Month: September 2003

No Software Patents

If Haydn had patented "a symphony: characterised by that sound is produced (in extended sonata form)", Mozart would have been in trouble. Imagine that each time you made a software design decision, and especially whenever you used an algorithm that you read in a journal or implemented a feature that users ask for, you took a risk of being sued. That’s how it is today in the US, because of software patents. Soon it may be the same in most of Europe… Unlike copyright, patents can block independent creations. Software patents can render software copyright useless. One copyrighted work can…