OWF: 2020 FLOSS Roadmap
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 03 Dec 2008 14:27
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The main threat to FLOSS currently in the area of legislation is software patentability. Software patents make innovation more rigid, reinforce dominant positions, and work against the four freedoms. In the United States, where the principle of software patentability was validated in 1998 by the software law, software patents have generated many costly procedures and trials, and the system actually turns out to be prejudicial to the software industry. The « Patent trolls » companies cost even the biggest software publishers (both of proprietary software and FLOSS) vast sums of money. In order to prevent any risk of trial, FLOSS-user companies have created consortia to pool their defensive patents and free-license each other. In any case, software patentability is currently being questioned both by companies and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In Europe though, the debate is still open.
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