"BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, October 2, 2009 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today submitted an amicus curiae brief calling on the Supreme Court to affirm that software ideas are not patentable. After outlining the positive impact that the free software movement and the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) have had on computer use, the brief explains how software patents are an obstacle and a danger to software developers.
FSF founder Richard Stallman and the free software movement have been campaigning worldwide against software patents since the late 1980s, but the effort in the United States is coming to a head with the Supreme Court now reviewing patentable scope for the first time since 1981's Diamond v. Diehr case."
This would be very cool if software was declared "unpatentable" as it is as I understand is the case in the EU.
It is just about impossible these days to write any kind of computer programme without coming up against someone's software patent...or "patent trolls" who buy up software patents in the hope that they can sue somebody some day.
Software patents actually hinder the development of new software.
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