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From 1999, this satire from segfault.org predicts the use of patents to extort money from Linux users.
by: pieterhpieterh
05 Apr 2007 12:07
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Yes, no, it depends. Do you know what is the difference between a "computer program claimed as such" and a bucket of cow manure? Yes, it's the bucket.
by: pieterhpieterh
28 Mar 2007 07:29
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"The future is already here, it's just isn't evenly distributed", said William Gibson. The future of TV is already here, but concentrated in a few spots.
by: pieterhpieterh
17 Mar 2007 18:34
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In an online survey, Dell has been asking people to express their views about whether they want to be able to buy Dell systems running Linux. We think this innocent survey (which brought Dell's servers down, as the story hit Slashdot) could just see the emergence of Linux on the desktop, from a totally unexpected angle.
by: pieterhpieterh
14 Mar 2007 09:25
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Computerworld reports that "Microsoft guns Open XML onto ISO fast track", despite many oppositions. Microsoft's "open" office XML "standard" will, if Redmond has its way, become an ISO standard, possibly by August. Why is Microsoft pulling out all the stops to get its obsolete binary XML format declared a "standard"?
by: pieterhpieterh
13 Mar 2007 09:20
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Is the call for "ethical patents" weaker than "no software patents"? Has the FFII grown feeble and toothless over the last year? Are we compromising our ideals, or are we doing a triple-E (embrace, extend, extinguish) on the patent system? Have Pieter Hintjens and his cohorts "jumped the shark", or are we instead seeing the start of a wide-ranging offensive that will leave the patent extremists reeling in shock and horror as their carefully-constructed alternate reality collapses around them?
by: pieterhpieterh
01 Mar 2007 11:07
2 by phmphm
05 Mar 2007 23:57 Jump!
You thought the mission of the EPO was to examine patents and grant them when valid? Confused when you saw full-page adverts from the EPO calling for software patents? Pompidou, the outgoing president of the European Patent Office, has cleared up the confusion for once and for all.
by: Anonymous
26 Jan 2007 21:06
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Here are my predictions for the coming year and beyond.
by: pieterhpieterh
21 Dec 2006 17:48
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Here is a modest proposal for a new form of copyright that is specifically designed for software. I call this new form of copyright the "Software Trust". Software Trust balances the needs of software developers with those of society at large (software consumers). Like traditional copyright, Software Trust is free, clearly demarked, easy to enforce. But it has a much shorter protection lifetime, and provides a proper framework for moving abandoned software into the common domain.
by: pieterhpieterh
13 Dec 2006 14:03
5 by pieterhpieterh
14 Dec 2006 12:25 Jump!
The patent industry says EPLA is a condition for US investment into Europe. What does Europe need more - US practices enforced by gunboat diplomacy, or good conditions for local businesses?
by: pieterhpieterh
13 Dec 2006 13:42
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Did you know that there are three different EPLA proposals? That one of the strongest supporters of EPLA is Switzerland? Fresh from the desks of the FFII's EPLA workgroup, a deep technical explanation of the Community Patent, and EPLA in all its colours.
by: pieterhpieterh
12 Dec 2006 15:04
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As the EU snatches defeat from the slavering jaws of victory, and Microsoft cries crocodile tears, while counting its license fee chickens, we take a look at what's really happened in Brussels this week, and how it will affect the FOSS community.
by: pieterhpieterh
23 Oct 2007 10:24
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According to leaked documents and the EPO's own site, the EPO is planning to separate the Board of Appeals (aka DG3) from the European Patent Office, and turn them into an independent body operating within the European Patent Convention (EPC). This looks like an attempt to move forwards with EPLA, despite a ruling from the European Parliament's legal service that this would be illegal.
by: pieterhpieterh
24 Jul 2007 11:17
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What defines an "ethical" system? Is the profit motive all that matters? In this article, I provide an easy way of measuring whether a particular system is ethical or not. It sheds some light on the software patent debate.
by: pieterhpieterh
13 Dec 2006 14:27
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Pieter Hintjens suggests that a patent system is necessary, but that the current trends are towards implosive self-destruction. He lists five steps for constructing a sustainable patent system.
by: pieterhpieterh
10 Dec 2006 12:43
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An article by Pieter Hintjens, based on a speech to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2006.
by: pieterhpieterh
22 Nov 2006 12:19
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