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Re: Crypto++ licencing

On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 01:57:21PM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 11:52:58AM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> > > Stephen Zander wrote:
> > > > I don't believe the US will ever stop supporting softare patents;
> > > > there's too much money at stake.
> > > 
> > > By the same reasoning, the EC member states should also all
> > > support software patents. The European industry also has a
> > > lot of money at stake in software-related R&D (all the
> > > software in DVD players and mobile phones, for example).
> > 
> > Software patents is the biggest threat for free software and we should
> > *never* support them.
> Keep in mind that I was responding to Stephen's comment that
> the US wouldn't get rid of software patents because of their
> economic importance. The exact same argument can be made
> for the European countries. I'm not saying the argument is
> right.

I have the idea that Europe is less braindamaged then the USA. I hope
I don't get proved wrong...
> Nevertheless, I'm not sure this is the right place to debate
> patent policy. I don't think Debian should worry too much,
> unless they receive notification from a patent holder
> identifying a patent and a program that infringes.

The problem is that it's already too late when we receive a

I agree that it isn't the right list, if you want to discuss software
patents in Europe, I think the discussion mailinglist of the FSFE is a
good place. But the outcome of the discussions about software patents
there is already that they are all bad etc. ;-)

Jeroen Dekkers
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