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Legal: Torvalds slams European software patents
Posted Nov 24, 2004 - 06:21 AM
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"The creators of Linux, MySQL and PHP have slammed the EU Council for its proposed software patent directive which they condemn as "deceptive, dangerous, and democratically illegitimate".

Linus Torvalds (Linux), Michael Widenius (MySQL) and Rasmus Lerdorf (PHP) urged the EU Council, which will convene later in the week, not to adopt a controversial draft directive on software patents.

The joint statement aims to stress that software authors are well protected by copyright law, while software patents establish "the law of the strong", which creates more injustice than justice."

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