Notch donates $250K to EFF’s patent law reform scheme

Wednesday, 19th December 2012 22:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has personally donated $250,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a not-for-profit lobby group favoured by the games industry for its work in digital rights advocacy.

The EFF is currently pushing for patent law reform with its Defend Innovation initiative. US patent laws can hinder or even sink software development in games and beyond, thanks to the crippling cost of lawsuits which often hinge on technicalities.

“Temporary fixes aren’t good enough – we need deep and meaningful reform to protect software development and keep it as free and democratic as possible,” Persson said in a statement.

“New games and other technological tools come from improving on old things and making them better – an iterative process that the current patent environment could shut down entirely. This is a dangerous path we’re on, and I’m glad to help EFF move us in the right direction.”

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. Christopher Jack

    Fully agreed with this initiative. The current system only supports the companies with the biggest pay cheques.

    There are very few cases where the’little guy’ wins & that’s because they simply can’t afford the millions of dollars that it takes to win a case.

    If you want an example of where these patents are being exploited, look no further than the mobile phone industry.

    I mean suing over the page bouncing back when it reaches the end was ridiculous enough, especially since It’s not a new concept, but actually winning multi million dollar cases over it is fucking ludicrous.

    If a piece of software exists, applying it to a new platform does not make it a new invention (especially when said company weren’t even the first to feature it on said platform but apparently being first to push it through the patent system gives then exclusive rights…)

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