Impact: Open Source Summit
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Date: 12 Nov 2007 12:02
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Wearing the famous-in-geek-circles red hat, Jan Wildeboar of Red Hat talked about the company's philosophy and aims as a FOSS vendor. The company viewed the defeat of the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive as a victory, and the EPLA as a dangerous backdoor metho?d of bringing software patents to Europe by having a centrral patent court to harmonise national law. On software patents, Jan's view was that they simply do not work. Pieter Hinjens of iMatix, a company that licences its software under permissive licences such as GPL, shared similar views on software patents. He noted that the US triple damages rule (which applies where someone knowingly infringes a patent) effectively means that companies deliberately avoid reading patents, meaning that the system is 'wrong'. After this comment, it was unsurprising to hear that Hinjens views software patents and the EPLA as the biggest threats facing FOSS.
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