The Danger of Software Patents
Porto, Portugal - Departamento de Ciência de Computadores, Anfiteatro 1, Faculdade de Ciências (FCUP), Universidade do Porto, Rua Campo Alegre, 1021/1055
May 14, 2011
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
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.