Write Free Software, Pay $203,000 to Patent Holder
20 Apr 2006
Ben Jacobsen, a model railroad hobbyist, wrote a bunch of software to let you connect your computer to your model railroad and control trains with it. He chose to not only give the software away for free, but to make the source code available as well, so that the model railroading/hacker community could improve it and customize it to their liking.
And then KAM Industries, maker of commercial software that serves a similar role, tried asserting their 'patent rights' over doing just that.
This is nuts! There must be something "we" can do about it.