Patent Absurdity

The movie Patent Absurdity is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court’s review of »in re Bilski« — a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software in the US. The most impressive movie part is the acoustical demonstration (27:45–28:33) of Richard Stallman’s illustration (16:26–17:45) of what would have happened to Beethoven’s symphony when they have had patents on musical elements in Beethoven’s times.

The movie was released unter CC BY-ND license allowing copying and (commercial) usage, but disallow publication of derivative works. The movie can be watched here or downloaded here in free OGG format. Subtitles are partly available here. [viaviavia]

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