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Linus Torvalds on software patents
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. Another was in November 2004 when he co-signed a similar letter to the EU Council of Ministers with Michael Widenius and Rasmus Lerdorf.
 Related pages on en.swpat.org
- The letter signed by Torvalds and Cox to the European Parliament, Sep 2003
- Appeal to the EU Council - by Linus Torvalds, Michael Widenius and Rasmus Lerdorf, 23 Nov 2004
 News selection
- Youtube: Interview about patents and Microsoft, Apr 2010
- How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent, 27 Mar 2012, Wired
- Linus Torvalds: Software and Process Patents Don't Make Sense, 2 Nov 2011, Muktware
- Patents 'biggest threat' to Linux - Torvalds, 23 Mar 2004
- --"The things that tend to worry me are software patents. When nontechnical issues can be used to stop software development -- that for me is the scariest part,"
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