Pramode: Report on Free Software Free Society, 2008
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 15 Dec 2008 13:03
Number of posts: 1
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But this revolution is being threatened by monopolists who wish to control the generation and dissemination of knowledge. Venkatesh Hariharan, Eben, Mishi and Marco gave presentations on the current state of that stupid idea called software patents.Think about this - there are thousands of patents in just one narrow field called “e-commerce”. It is impossible to create any new e-commerce application without “infringing” on multiple patented ideas. In a field like software where innovation is heavily dependent on the mixing-and-matching of ideas, patents are an absurdity.
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