software patents

About Software Patents ...

bad for business : Microsoft takes on the free world
"Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe."

good guy : Jonathan Schwartz (Sun)
"Sun has what I'd argue to be the single most valuable and focused patent portfolio on the web (and yes, we'd use it to defend Red Hat and Ubuntu, both)."

good guy : Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu)
"it is the patent system itself, which allows software patents to exist in the first place, that needs to be fixed"

good girl : Pamela Jones (Groklaw)
"Can you believe it? This is a new day at Sun, and he's trying to show Microsoft how to reinvent itself to benefit from the new, instead of trying to kill it off with patent infringement threats. And he's also letting them know there is more firepower against them than they realized. Will they listen?"

good guys : ffii
"We believe that innovation comes from competition in an open and fair market, backed by an appropriate ownership model. In the software industry, this means access to a full and open market (not restricted by monopolistic practices), to a robust copyright regime (not undermined by software patents), and to fully open (not licensed) standards backed by independent bodies."

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