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Peter Groves

I was taken aback to see Stallman recommended as a "good source", though in fact that is an interesting article: but he is far from objective about software patents, and seems to me to be opposed to any sort of patent system. Having heard him speak, and read some of his writings on the subject, I don't feel that he views the subject of software patents in the context of the patent system as a whole, and in a sense this is the great problem with software patents - an extension of patentability that is hard, if not impossible, to justify has undermined the rationale for those parts of the patent system that are less controversial.

His view is obviously an important one - essentially one side of the debate - but be aware that there is another side, and that (whatever Richard Stallman might say) it does have some merits!

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