``We won't kill you unless we have to
Thursday August 12, 2004
At last week's LinuxWorld show in San Francisco,
IBM vice president Nick Donofrio responded to the
threat to open source/free software [ ... ]
The issue is software patents. America has them, and
Europe could get more of them --- unless the German,
British, French and other governments wake up to the
stupidity of what they are trying to do.
The problem is that "software patents" don't protect
programs --- that's done by copyright --- they protect
ideas and methods. Every substantial program is made
up of thousands of ideas and methods, and if many of
these are patented, it becomes almost impossible to
write open source software.''
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