[A2k] french president says patents hinder innovation and free flow of ideas

"Gérald Sédrati-Dinet (Gibus)" gibus at april.org
Tue Jun 24 14:02:46 PDT 2014

In a speech about "solidarity economy", François Hollande has made a
link with patents and innovation. Taken outside this context, the words
that he used are a godsend for those who oppose software patents:

"L'innovation sociale a ceci d'exceptionnel, c'est que c'est une
innovation sans brevets. Il n'y a pas de propriété intellectuelle. Les
idées sont libres de droit. Elles circulent. Et donc à nous de faire en
sorte qu'aucune initiative ne se trouve entravée !"

"Social innovation is extraordinary in that it is an innovation without
patent. There is no intellectual property. Ideas are free of rights.
They flow. So it is our task to ensure that no initiative be hindered."
(my translation).

The audio extract (in French) can be found on


and the full interview can be heard on this radio news (still in French):


Big thx to Astrid for having found this gold nugget!

Gérald Sédrati-Dinet
http://pascontent.sedrati-dinet.net     http://www.april.org
http://www.unitary-patent.eu            http://laquadrature.net

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