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Online demo against software patents

Item posted by Rudy Gevaert <rudy> on Sun 24 Aug 2003 02:07:43 PM UTC.

In the face of the planned decision in the beginning of September
concerning the legalization of Software Patents in Europe, the <a
href=>FFII</a> is organizing a <a
href=>wave of
protest</a>. Savannah Projects are encouraged to participate in the
accompanying <a
href=>Online Demo</a>.

The idea of the Online Demo is that with software
patents many sites running/serving possibly patent infringing software
have to go offline sooner or later.  So why not demonstrate this effect
before it's too late?
To find out whether a project is already infringing upon patents, the
following resources are of interest:
<li> <a href=>European
Software Patent Horror Gallery</a>
<li> <a
href=>The EPO's patent data base (includes US
and other patents)</a>
<li> <a href=>Some examples (in
Note that in spite of the current legislation (see <a
t. 52</a> of the European Patent Convention) many trivial software
patents have already been granted in Europe.


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