Wednesday December 29, 2004
Software patents are evil
So Poland blocked acceptance of a bill for software patents in Europe, for which I am ever so grateful. Software patents are evil. Think about it: about anything that is in any course for computer science, can be patented. It's just a matter of who applies for it first. As a net result, indepentent software houses are doomed, only the really big companies (Microsoft, Adobe) can ever hope to gain enough leverage in patents to get the other of their back ("You let go of me if I let you be"). As independent software house, you'll just be threading on one software patent after the other, making it impossible to do anything at all.
And now, it turns out Microsoft applied for and got granted patents for a few more basic concepts. The horror.