In/outputs - a taste plate of stuff that’s passed through my feeds this week
- Software patents: Stifling innovation with threats and bluster Continuing the responses to Steve Job’s threatened attack on open video standards, Karsten Gerloff, the President of FSF Europe has also spoken out, effectively claiming that Job’s is bluffing. Gerloff is unconvinced the matter would get to court because even the big software players don’t check to make sure they aren’t infringing others’ software patents. Any litigation undertaken by a patent pool would be forced to place the patents they are alleging have been infringed in front of a court which will leave them vulnerable to be invalidated given how messy the software/hardware patent environment is. He thinks that Jobs is just attempting to create market uncertainty in open video formats.
↷ Karsten Gerloff on Karsten on Free Software, 5 May 2010.