March 21, 2002

RMS to give a talk on software patents

On Monday, March 25th, Richard Stallman will speak at Cambridge University. The title: "Software patents, obstacles to software development." Here's a summary:

"Software patents are patents on software ideas. A typical computer program
today combined many software ideas, just as a symphony combines many musical
ideas. Inevitably most of them have to be old ideas. Software patents mean
that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued."

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