[ubuntu-uk] UK Patent Laws
gordallott at gmail.com
Wed Feb 28 22:48:44 GMT 2007
On Wed, 2007-02-28 at 22:11 +0000, Benjamin Webb wrote:
> I thought I'd point out
> http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page11077.asp , the response to the
> petition to stop software patents. Apparently software patents are
> already illegal in the UK.
> Does this mean that it is legal for us to install MP3 codecs
> (including using automatix) or are these patented as algorthims rather
> than just software.
> Thanks, I'd like to know whether what I do is legal :)
> Ben Webb
yes software patents arn't and have never been acknowledged by the uk
government, that petition was about keeping it that way. you can install
mp3 codecs and the like just fine, although i implore you to never ever
use automatix, its unsupported and you will find no help from most other
ubuntu users, its caused us a lot of headaches in the past.
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