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Re: Enabling and installing of "risky" ("patented") codecs - made easy

Fabian Greffrath schreef:
> ...
> Furthermore, there is nothing that might hold users back from using
> this software in Europe, because IIRC software patents do not exist on
> this continent.
> ...
This is not entirely true.

Software patents do exist in Europe, though unlike in the U.S. they're
not centrally regulated for all member states. Meaning while some piece
of software might be patentable in one member state it doesn't have to
be so in another.

Then secondly there is another case where software "solves a technical
problem as opposed to just a business problem" which *is* regulated
centrally in Europe. This latter case is described quite thoroughly in
these Wikipedia articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patent#Europe and
(the first being the shortest and least elaborate version).


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