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Linus Torvalds on software patents

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Linus Torvalds is a software developer, mostly known for his work on the kernel Linux.

He is clearly against software patents when asked, but has only on a very small number of occasions used his position to help campaigns against software patents.

One exception was in 2003 when he co-signed a letter with Alan Cox to the European Parliament about the EU software patents directive.[1] Another was in November 2004 when he co-signed a similar letter to the EU Council of Ministers with Michael Widenius and Rasmus Lerdorf.[2]


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  1. http://www.effi.org/patentit/patents_torvalds_cox.html
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20050425083015/http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/intro/app0411.html

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