Petition for a Software Patent free Europe

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by cb911, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. cb911 macrumors 601

    cb911

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    #1
    i just came accross this petition: http://petition.eurolinux.org/index_html?LANG=en.

    they want to make a law so you can patent software in Europe. i don't see the point of this, doesn't the user agreement and other things do away with the need for a patent?

    also, in Europe it is against the law to patent pure software.

    can anyone explain why you would want to patent a piece of software?
     
  2. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

    tpjunkie

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    #2
    I don't know, i thought written work such as code for software was always copyrighted, that would cover the need for a patent
     

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