Minecraft Maker ‘Notch’ Gives $250,000 To Reform Software Patents

Notch and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are each donating a quarter of a million dollars to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF says that the money from the maker of Minecraft will help fund efforts to reform patent law in the courts and in the court of public opinion.

Here’s Notch explaining why he’s giving his $US250,000:

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,” said Persson, creator of the popular video game Minecraft. “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.”

That’s pretty damn cool of him. Good on you, Notch!

EFF Patent Project Gets Half-Million-Dollar Boost from Mark Cuban and ‘Notch’ [The EFF]

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