A software patent is a 20-year monopoly on the use of a feature in a computer program. When a company has a patent on nested menus, a video format, or pinch-to-zoom, then no one else can implement that feature for 20 years unless they get permission from the patent holder. Computer programs typically contain hundreds or thousands of features, and many features that users expect, are patented.
The End Software Patents campaign is against software monopolies, and for software development.
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