A propósito do artigo de RMS sobre os usos do ms-novell-mono, na página do Software Freedom Law Center, encontra-se um interessante artigo de Bradley M. Kuhn.
Considerations on Patents that Read on Language Infrastructure – SFLC Blog – Software Freedom Law Center
I’ve been thinking about an extension of that argument: that language infrastructure created in a community process is likely more resilient against attacks from proprietary software companies.
In the case of the community-designed and Free-Software-implemented languages, the patent risk is likely spread across many companies, and mitigated by the fact that few have probably filed patents applications designed specifically to read on the language and its implementation. Since various individuals and companies contributed to the development and design, and because it was a process run by the community, it’s unlikely there was a master plan by one entity to apply specifically for patents on the language. So, while there are likely many patents that read on the implementation, a single holder is unlikely to hold all the patents, and those patents were probably not crafted for the specific language.
Make good choices (like avoiding C#, as RMS suggests, and favoring languages like Perl, Python, PHP and C), and get on with your work.
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