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Software Patents - Obstacles to software development

Special guest of the Foundation for Information Policy Research

Richard Stallman

Founder of the GNU Project, and campaigner for free software which people are at liberty to copy, redistribute and change. Winner of Grace Hopper Award, Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, and Takeda Award

Software Patents -- Obstacles to software development

Software patents are patents on software ideas. A typical computer program today combines many software ideas, just as a symphony combines many musical ideas. Inevitably most of them have to be old ideas. Software patents mean that every design decision brings with it a risk of getting sued.

Date:Monday 25th March 2002
Time:16:15 - 17:30 GMT
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory University of Cambridge JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0FD

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