[Fsfe-ie] Tuesday's Council vote in doubt?

Conor Daly conor.daly at oceanfree.net
Fri May 21 15:51:34 CEST 2004

On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 12:40:00PM +0100 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
Ian Clarke thought:

> Conor Daly wrote:
> > The status quo AIUI is that computer software patents are not allowed but
> > that it still requires fighting existing wrongly granted ones so that we
> > are currently in the position of having swpats...
> AFAIK the current situation is that many software patents have been 
> granted, but because they are against the letter and spirit of current 
> EU law, they aren't worth the paper they are written on (ie. it isn't 
> whether the patent has been granted that really matters, but whether it 
> is enforcible).  This is untidy but better than patents being explicitly 
> permissible.

but it still carries the possibility of a legal threat which might cause a cave-in.

Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>

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