Summary: A recommendation to the EFF and to Oracle
A FEW DAYS ago we wrote about an initiative from the EFF which strives to cause change (revision) in patent policies. Timothy B. Lee urges the EFF to call for “elimination of software patents”, making it a lot more explicit (not without resistance from Luddites):
Opinion: EFF should call for the elimination of software patents
The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced a new initiative on Tuesday to seek reform of the United States patent system. Under the banner of Defend Innovation, the civil liberties organization suggested seven ways Congress could make the patent system less harmful to progress in software.
Techrights has been very consistent with its view that software patents deserve no room in industry or society. See for example older posts such as:
- Patent Defence Cartels Versus Abolishing Software Patents
- President Obama Ignores the US Population’s Plea to Abolish Software Patents (Updated)
- Larry Page Should Start by Abolishing Software Patents
- Dear Google: Please Abolish Software Patents, Don’t ‘Donate’ Patent ‘Protection’
- Why Europe Must Prepare to Abolish and Block All Software Patents
Speaking as a software engineer, they make my life worse, not better, and people who buy software also suffer. The “patent lords” are monopolists, trolls, and their lawyers. Oracle is an example of one major giant challenging and rattling a platform I develop for (Android); having suffered a loss in the case against Google it will get not even a dime. All the money just went to lawyers. To quote a new article:
In a hearing in the US District Court today, it was determined that Google will pay a net total of nothing for Oracle’s patent claims against them. In fact, Google is given 14 days to file an application for Oracle to pay legal fees to Google(in a similar manner to how things are done for frivolous lawsuits). However, it is not quite peaches and roses for Google, as Oracle is planning on appealing the decision in the case.