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    Default We need a Campaign for OpenGL Patent Exemptions for OSS, namely Mesa, and Linux

    I've heard all sorts of things discussion about open drivers being blocked by patents over parts of OpenGL. One thing I haven't heard about is efforts to get patent exemptions for open source drivers for open source operating systems. We should articulate to patent holders that we will never be able to make money from this "niche." We will never buy or pay for rights to use it. There is no gain for them to hold us back. Maybe we could articulate some benefits though to them. Any thoughts?

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    IMHO, that is a wasted effort. The effort would be better put to use to getting rid of software patents. Fighting software patents on a one by one basis is a losing battle.

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    It might be a wasted effort to go after individual firms, but I suspect it would be even more of a wasted effort to try to get the law changed. Abolishing software patents is so far from the minds of politicians and from the interest of the general public that I doubt it'll ever gain any traction. Having courts abolish software patents somehow would be the only thing I can think of that would be successful if you're wanting to get rid of them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prescience500 View Post
    It might be a wasted effort to go after individual firms, but I suspect it would be even more of a wasted effort to try to get the law changed. Abolishing software patents is so far from the minds of politicians and from the interest of the general public that I doubt it'll ever gain any traction. Having courts abolish software patents somehow would be the only thing I can think of that would be successful if you're wanting to get rid of them all.
    If anything the last few weeks have proved that determination of an aware public can make the once thought impossible, possible.

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    How would you suggest convincing politicians and the general public that we need to get rid of software patents? I have a hard enough time talking to friends and family about balancing the budget when there's 1.5 trillion dollar deficit and they understand money. They don't all understand computers.

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    Software patents root in proprietary.

    Software patents were chain reaction to one company reverse-engineering(what they always do) the code from another company and using it.

    Later, special sort of companies appeared, those that invest huge amount of money in RnD to create a patent in the areas where technologies will most likely step into. You can call it patent mine.

    The idea will not work. They are extremely lazy people that will move their backs only when they hear the magic word "cashflow".
    They will not care, if you write them post - they will consider it spam.
    They will not care, if you meet them and claim they would never milk enough cash. Why should they care then? Why should they risk?

    The future of ClosedGL is same as codebase of ID Software' Commander Keen.
    To be milked and then to be forgotten under huge pile of dust.

    Either OpenCL will replace it, and very probably proprietary pigs will seek to encumber OpenCL as well. Or someone really writes open standard.

    Perhaps letters to ISO/IEEE may push them to define the standard open 3D hardware access API; same as they did with ODF.


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