TheHindu: Techies press for digital freedom struggle
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Date: 22 Sep 2008 08:39
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Prabhir Purkayastha, secretary, Delhi Science Forum, said a regime of software patents could pose a grave threat to indigenous software development in a country like India. In essence, patenting software was to own a piece of algorithm, he said, and that amounted to patenting the fundamental math. For the U.S., software patenting had compensated for dwindling revenue from a weakening manufacturing sector, he said. The patenting regime was dominated by a form of lifelong royalty levy in which software was equated with any other artifact—one could patent just about anything: from a single-click buying business method to drop-boxes on a website. “India should avoid the mistakes of the U.S.”
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