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Harms to education

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Patents on software harm education at all levels. Software patents create legal costs and risks for computer learners who study the software they use, and they introduce uncertainty regarding the use of the skills learned in higher education.


In-house software and free software

A survey by European Schoolnet found that two thirds of schools use virtual learning environments that are either developed in-house or are free software.[1] Adding patent risks to bodies that develop or modify software thus creates risks for the majority of schools.

Costs and choice

Patents, according to the European Schoolnet study, would narrow the choice of software on offer and increase the costs passed on to buyers of software.

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  1. http://www-old.eun.org/insight-pdf/special_reports/e_learning_softpat.pdf

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