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==Why abolish software patents==
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* [[All businesses are targets]]
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* [[Antitrust doesn't work]]
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* [[Blocking innovation and research]]
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* [[Blocking useful freedoms]]
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* [[Blocks competing software, reducing choice]]
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* [[Breaks software distribution methods]]
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* [[Controlling entire markets]]
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* [[Costs are astronomically disproportionate for SMEs and individuals]]
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* [[Costs of the patent system to governments]]
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* [[Examples of use for sabotage]]
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* [[Freedom of expression]]
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* [[Harm to standards]]
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* [[Harms to education]]
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* [[Hindering competition, obstructing the free market]]
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* [[Incompatible timespans]]
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* [[Inequality between small and large patent holders]]
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* [[Infringement is unavoidable]]
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* [[Insurance against patent litigation doesn't work]]
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* [[Invalid patents remain unchallenged]]
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* [[Jobs and skills]]
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* [[Just a Use of the Patented General Purpose Computer]]
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* [[Low risk]]
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* [[Patent ambush]]
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* [[Patent trolls]]
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* [[Publishing information is made dangerous]]
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* [[Software is math]]
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* [[Software is too abstract, patent quality is bad]]
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* [[Software patents harm SMEs]] (Small and Medium Enterprises)
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* [[Software progress happens without patents]]
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* [[Speculation]]
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* [[The disclosure is useless]]
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* [[The failing solutions are expensive]]
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==Dispelling myths==
 
==Dispelling myths==

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