Markus Persson aka Notch, best known for creating the indie hit Minecraft, is donating half a million dollars to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in order to fight the excessive use of software-based patents.
He stated, according to Gamasutra
, that, “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.”
Notch has previously described trivial patents as counterproductive, evil and costly, humorously linking their use with Devil worship.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation will now use the money to fight the patent process in the courtrooms and educate public figures about how they impact the future of tech.