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For open source developers and customers seeking advice as they navigate the complicated waters of intellectual-property law, more information is now available. Also, a few long-simmering worries for open source seem to be cooling. SCO?s chances of a lawsuit victory appear to be decreasing. IBM and Sun are sharing patents with the open source community, a move designed to spur innovation and offer protection. And a long-discussed, controversial software patent law in Europe has stalled.
software patents, open source, intellectual property

L. McLaughlin, "Inside the Software Patents Debate: Some Good News for Open Source Developers," in IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. , pp. 102-105, 2005.
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