[ILUG] patents again
conor.daly_ilug at cod.homelinux.org
Tue Apr 26 16:52:58 IST 2005
On Tue, Apr 26, 2005 at 10:55:11AM +0100 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
Colm MacCarthaigh thought:
> As I've said here before, I think the sad truth of it is what while
> Software patents are economically bad for Europe, they are economically
> good for Ireland, since a large part of our economy is based on the
> encumbant patent-holders, and incentivising them.
> Software patents will help those companies shut down competition in the
> other european countries, and ultimately probably will benefit our
> economy - in the short to medium term anyway. Our politicians know this,
> they arn't stupid.
I presume they're also aware that the same multinationals will desert
Ireland as soon as one of the new EU entrants offers them a better tax
regime. Having SW pats in place will make this a more attractive option
for a country since their indiginous software industry will be dead and
therefore, an anti-swpat stance from Ireland will better protect our
dependence on MS, IBM etc...
So, could we use that then?
Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>
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