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Donald Knuth on software patents

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Donald Knuth is a computer scientist in the USA and was (is?) a member of the League for Programming Freedom.

Knuth makes the argument that math is unpatentable, and software is math:

To a computer scientist, this makes no sense, because every algorithm is as mathematical as anything could be. An algorithm is an abstract concept unrelated to physical laws of the universe.[1]

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  1. http://progfree.org/Patents/knuth-to-pto.txt


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