[Fsfe-ie] Morning Ireland piece on Software Patents

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at member.fsf.org
Thu May 6 13:43:01 CEST 2004

I'm going to rebut this morning ireland thing in some way - but I'm missing
(at least) one piece of info: why would a venture capitalist want software
to be patentable?

Laura Creighton, a european venture capitalist, gave testimony at the ffii
software patents hearing in the European Parliament in May 2003.  She said
that investing in small companies would be risky if software patents existed
because a cash injection would simply draw the attention of parasitic IP law

The only possibility I can imagine is that the VC's want the companies to
fail so that their patents are transfered to the VC as renumeration.  Sounds
pretty sinister though, hard to swallow for the public, is there a simpler

Ciarán O'Riordan
Irish Free Software Organisation: http://ifso.ie

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