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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] software patents in Europa: this is discussed

From: Thomas Harding
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] software patents in Europa: this is discussed tomorrow
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:33:09 +0200
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Le 10/10/2012 21:34, Thomas Harding a écrit :
This office tends to accept, contrary to a 2005 European Law, software patents.

Ce bureau d'enregistrement accepte, contrairement à la loi européenne votée en 2005, des
« brevets logiciels ».

A particularly important point is  amendment in article 3 quater, point 2 :

Article 3 quater (#4) state on "inventions run by computers"

while point 1) disallow any software patent /running on a computer as a complete machine/, point 2) says that a patent must involves "une action sur les forces de la nature" (~mechanical

So, conveniently read, a patent would cover *a part implemented as software* as revendication
in a mechanical process would be "in law".

In such way, running a peculiar patented hardware process through an alternate software would
be not possible without purchasing such patent licence.

This will impair Free Software, as freedom generally speaking, by allowing discretionary patent licenses sales: If something goes wrong or if anything is made wrong (locking, privacy
disclosure, ...) there is no solution to fix it without patent infringement.


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