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Softwarepatente und Linux
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- From: Johannes Ulbricht <Johannes_Ulbricht@csi.com>
- Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 08:22:06 +0200
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Title: The Coming Software Patent Crisis: Can Linux Survive?
Resource Type: News Article
Source: Linux Journal
Author: Bryan Pfaffenberger
Keywords: PATENTS ,SOFTWARE ,OPEN SOURCE ,CONTROVERSY
Bogus software patents pose a genuine threat to computer industry innovation.
column, University of Virginia professor and author Bryan Pfaffenberger
what's going to happen when open-source authors start getting hit with patent
lawsuits -- and the picture isn't pretty.
It was never the object of patent laws to grant a monopoly for every
every shadow of a shade of an idea, which would naturally and
to any skilled mechanic or operator in the ordinary progress of
an indiscriminate creation of exclusive privileges tends rather to
obstruct than to
stimulate invention. It creates a class of speculative schemers who make
business to watch the advancing wave of improvement, and gather its foam
form of patented monopolies, which enable them to lay a heavy tax on the
of the country, without contributing anything to the real advancement of
It embarrasses the honest pursuit of business with fears and apprehensions
unknown liability lawsuits and vexatious accounting for profits made in
--U.S. Supreme Court, Atlantic Works vs. Brady,
You just released your source code to the 'Net, and you've licensed it under
the terms of the
GNU General Public License. But you're in for a nasty surprise. A month later,
you receive a
threatening letter from the Software Industry Association of America (SIAA). It
you've violated no fewer than 197 patents held by the SIAA's constituent
include the software industry's heaviest hitters. Either you retract the code,
shut down your
site, and cease development, or they'll come after you. Your call.
Original URL: http://linuxjournal.com:8080/articles/currents/003.html
Added: Wed Aug 18 10:17:56 -040 1999
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