The Danger of Software Patents
Feb 26, 2011
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
This speech will be in English with simultaneous translation and will be part of the 7th BILMOK (Computer Engineering Students Congress).
Richard Stallman will explain how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress.