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How Software Patents Actually Work

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2005-04-18 -- Learn how software patents actually work in this easy to follow and fun animation.

The animation

Directed by Gavin Hill. Animation by Grant Gilchrist. Narration by Andy Turvey.

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Screenshots

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Background information

Introductions:

If you are concerned about how software patents will affect you and your business, it's very important that you talk to your representatives in the European Parliament:

Specific to the United Kingdom:

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