Video: Stallman on software patent fears

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Video: Stallman on software patent fears

Why GNU founder crashed the European Patent Office’s presentation.

Free software activist and GNU founder Richard Stallman spoke with iTnews following his unexpected appearance at a World Computer Congress patent discussion this week.

Armed with a placard that read "Don't get caught in software patent thickets", Stallman warned that the European Patent Office was campaigning in favour of software patents in Australia.

He briefly interrupted a presentation by European Patent Officer Ralf Abbing, who spoke about the "big issues in IP in relation to computing technology".

Stallman spoke with iTnews on the condition that the video be made available in a non-proprietary format.

Accordingly, the full interview may be downloaded in the free, open standard OGG format here (38Mb).

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