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Software patent debate
- For general information on software patents, see the main article.
A particularly active focus of the debate at the present time is the proposed European Union directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, also known as the "CII Directive" or the "Software Patent Directive," which is scheduled to return to the EU Parliament in 2005.
Arguments for patentability
- Patenting software inventions promotes investment in research and development.
- Economic studies argue that patent monopolies actually reduce investment.
- Patents are intended to protect investment in manufacturing equipment/process, not in R&D. Patents do not provide anything like reasonable protection for R&D investment.
- If we did not have software patents we would not have technologies like CDs, mobile phones and ABS brakes.US Federal Trade Commission 2003 patent report
- ^ Patents4Innovation
- ^ Ways in Which Patents can Help Your E-Commerce Business
- ^ "Restricting IP rights is tantamount to communism"
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- ^ The Times 17Jan05
- ^ FFII Directive Analysis
- ^ Indian Government Reference
- ^ "Indian Government Orders Legalisation of Software Patents"
- ^ FFII - Europarl Hearings
- ^ Lawrence Lessig
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- ^ French (in French)
- ^ FFII
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Sites in favor of the patentability of computer-implemented inventions
- Patents4Innovation.org, a web site to promote innovation and competition in e-Europe.
- EICTA web site (see also: European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations or EICTA)
- Article from IEEE on the business model of Acacia Technologies Group .
- iusmentis.com is a web site from a patent attorney. It contains a good explanation of how patents work.
Sites against software patents
- Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)
- Webshop example Demonstrates the extent of software patents.
- Opposition by FFII to software patent legislation in Europe
- The report from the hearings of the FTC a summary of what was said to the FTC.
- No Software Patents - a web campaign supported by companies (1&1, Red Hat, MySQL)
- The History of Software Patents from BitLaw.
- Free Software Foundation: transcript and audio of Software patents – Obstacles to software development which Richard Stallman gave about software patents (the audio archive linked contains two more speeches about software patents)
- Irish Free Software Organisation (IFSO)
- Liberal economists
- competition law bodies (BEUC)
- European SME groups (UEAPAME, CEA-PME, dmmv, DIHK, WKO, ...)
- EU campaign NoEpatents (Eurolinux-alliance) with more than 360 000 European signatures one of the largest Internet campaigns ever.
- League for Programming Freedom
- Sequential Innovation, Patents, and Imitation by James Bessen and Eric Maskin
- Software Patents vs. Free Software by Bruce Perens
- Report on Software Patentability by Conseil des Mines Study Group - Stimulating Innovation in the Information Society
- SWpat information page by ESR Pollmeier (German SME), opposed to swpat
- AEL (Association Electronique Libre) Wiki Software Patent Main Project page
- attac (Globalisation critics)
- W3C: Letter from Tim Berners-Lee to Rogan (about Eolas Plugin Patent):
- Code Liberty is a web site dedicated to the rights of software authors, and argues that patents are incompatible with the Berne Copyright Convention, and the WIPO and WTO treaties.
- Us action against Software patents
- Libro blanco del software libre FOSS situation in Spain
- Steven Young's legal advice
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