April 24, 2002

Stallman: 'Patent licenses discriminate'

From a column by Richard Stallman on ZDNet: "In order for standards to be useful for the general computer-using public, the standards must be freely implementable by all.

In order to give free software a chance to compete, the standards must allow free software implementations. Many standards bodies do not insist on this--they promulgate patent-restricted standards that the public cannot freely implement and that don't allow free software at all."

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