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# Donald Knuth on software patents

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**Donald Knuth** is a computer scientist in the USA and was (is?) a member of the League for Programming Freedom.

Knuth makes the argument that math is unpatentable, and software is math:

To a computer scientist, this makes no sense, because every algorithm is as mathematical as anything could be. An algorithm is an abstract concept unrelated to physical laws of the universe.^{[1]}

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## External links

- All questions answered, lecture about software patents by Knuth, Munich, 2001
- Knuth's homepage
- Knuth's letter to Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, 1994 USA
*amicus curiae*brief by Knuth submitted to the EPO EBA referral G3-08- FFII page about Knuth on swpats