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Patents conflict with copyrights in various ways.

[edit] Prevents use of your own work

When someone writes software, they usually want to distribute it or sell it. Patents allow a third-party who contributed nothing to the writing of the software to block such distribution or sale.

(Many anti-swpat people say "We have copyright, that's enough" - how can that be explained here??)

[edit] Patent applications can violate copyright

This is obviously a particularly big problem for fields of development such as software which focus on producing copyrightable works.

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