Ending Software Patents - Talking with Ben Klemens

You've got to respect any individual willing to kick off a presentation with a impression of Kermit the frog.  And not just an impression but a rendition of Kermit singing the rainbow connection.  Well Ben Klemens, tasked with leading the Free Software Foundation's End Software Patents campaign, is just such an individual (the point?  Kermit lied.  There aren't so many songs about rainbows).

I was able to grab Ben after his talk at the Free Software Foundation's membership meeting last month and talk about ending software patents.  

My interview with Ben (10:27)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)


"Is that a patent troll I see up there?" 

Who is Ben?

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Patent Trolls
  • The protection that Copyright provides
  • How software patents are all the Gipper's fault
  • The Supreme Court has been extremely clear in their disapproval of software patents
  • The question is do software patents promote the progress of science -  the answer is no

 

Extra Credit Reading - Where Sun Stands on Software Patents:

Pau for now....

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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