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Re: Eben wonders ("no comfort at all")

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Eben wonders ("no comfort at all")
Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 12:21:15 +0100

Five years ("All data collection utilized a telephone-based interviewing 
process. The study fielded between late-July and September 2001") ago...

“Linux patent violations/risk of being sued” struck a chord with US and 
Swedish respondents. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Americans and 82% of 
Swedes stated that the risk of being sued over Linux patent violations 
made them feel less favorable towards Linux. This was the only message 
that had a strong impact with any audience.


Messages that rely on an abstract discussion of intellectual property 
rights are not effective.

    * The discussion of IP rights needs to be tied to concrete actions.

    * Note that as with the International Government Elite Survey 
      (IGES) project, here respondents do not see the connection 
      between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and a strong 
      technology industry.

Man, it took Microsoft (and Oracle he he) five years to begin "concrete 
actions". :-)


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