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Date: 2004-08-26

EU/US: Gedanken eines Patentanwaltes

"Know your enemy" - Um die Softwarepat/entlobby/sten zu bekaempfen, muss man auch mal deren Meinung lesen. Z.B. das OSS egal ist, weil die ja kostenlos vergeben wuerde, Patentgegner Romantiker seien und das nur die Patente/lite zaehlt!
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The View from the EU Patent Proponents & Grokster
If you would like to see how a pro-software patent lobbyist in the EU battle thinks, here you go. I found it riveting, in that creepy way you feel when someone shows you their surgery scar on their chest or stomach or something.
His thinking being of a kind that is alien to me, it took me quite a while before I realized that my first impression was accurate, that his primary argument is that software patents should be allowed because some happy few can make buckets of money from them. He also sees no need to consider the authors of free and open source software, because they are not "in business".
Here is an example of his view of the directive and its opponents:

"There are no moves to set up a system similar to the US: the draft Directive is actually intended to reinforce the boundaries established by case law, and prevent any drift in a more liberal direction.

"The governments of member states have been trying, through the European Council and Commission, to consolidate and formalise the status quo in European patent law. But this effort has been frustrated by a small but highly organised and vocal lobby, based on a selective and romantic image of computer programmers all working alone on their own projects."

Do you want to know more?

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edited by Abdul Alhazred
published on: 2004-08-26
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