El Peligro de las Patentes de Software
Location: Hotel Ramada Herradura, Autopista General Cañas, cruce San Antonio de Belén, frente a Mall Cariari, Heredia, Costa Rica. (Phone: + 50 6 2099 800) 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. This speech will be part of the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informatica CLEI 2007 (comprising Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informatica CLEI 2007, XV Congreso Iberoamericano de Educacion Superio en Computacion CIESC 2007, Latin American Networking Conference LANC 2007, Taller Latinoamericano de Informatica para la Biodiversidad INBI 2007) which will take place from the 9th to the 12th of October.