by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 28th 2013 8:05pm
Over the years (and years and years) we've covered how the New Zealand government had decided to ban software patents only to flip-flop once the lobbyists for big software companies got involved. Since then there's been lots of back and forth fighting, leading to another attempt to ban software patents, which has finally passed. Of course, as we noted earlier this year, while the intentions appear to be good, some of the language in the bill may open some loopholes, so we'll be interested to see how the bill is actually interpreted, and what happens within the actual tech sector -- but at the very least, this seems like it will be a worthwhile experiment to monitor, especially for those who insist that it's "impossible" to outlaw software patents.
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