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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Research questions

From: P.L.Hayes
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Research questions
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 10:42:19 +0100
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On Tuesday 27 July 2004 08:38, Ian Lynch wrote:

> I thin kyou need some concrete examples where these patents have been
> enforced to the detriment of some group of people otherwise it will be
> seen as just paranoia and hysteria.

> Equally they won't be convinced unless you show them actual cases where
> such patents have been enforced to the detrimnet of an average computer
> user.

Enforcement isn't necessary though is it? - The mere threat is enough and 
quite frankly I don't give a damn whether someone decides to enforce their 
'rights' to exclude others from using software ideas or not. The mere fact 
that they can is an outrage but I suppose that won't make the news until it's 
too late - if then.

I expect the Bromcom farce would make a fine subject for Gavin's news story if 
it needs a concrete U.K. example but I just don't think it can properly 
illustrate the full menace and obscenity of software idea patents. Bromcom 
may well be more appropriate for a short news item than any 'hypothetical' 
issues and like I said, I think a full documentary is required to present the 
whole shabby tale but I won't hold my breath.

Don't take any notice of what I say - I'm just exasperated by the media 
silence while fundamental rights are eroded for the convenience of a few 
'special interest groups' but I suppose this thievish proprietarisation of 
intellectual freedom is of no concern to the general public.


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