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April 19, 2004
Bad Patents in for a Spanking
EFF today announced a new initiative that's been in the works for some time: The Patent Busting Project.
The media release contains a few words from two people familiar to Copyfight readers:
"'Patents traditionally only targeted large commercial companies,' said EFF Staff Attorney Jason Schultz. 'Now bad patents are threatening non-profits, small businesses, and even individuals who use software and Internet technology. These threats target non-commercial personal use, such as building a hobbyist website or streaming a wedding video to your friends.'
'More and more, people are using software and Internet technology to express themselves,' said EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. 'Patent owners who threaten this expression are creating a chilling effect on free speech.'"
EFF white paper on the project; Wired news piece.
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