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Not long left to tell the European Commission what you think about software patents.

By kellan in MLP
Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 01:00:57 AM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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The UK Patent Office has been going through a process of soliciting feedback on "Should Patents be Granted for Computer Software or Ways of Doing Business?"

http://www.patent.gov.uk/about/ippd/consultation/index.htm

Please respond by Dec. 15, 2000 kellan


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Not long left to tell the European Commission what you think about software patents. | 9 comments (5 topical, 4 editorial, 0 hidden)
Dear EU.... (2.72 / 11) (#1)
by Signal 11 on Wed Dec 13, 2000 at 03:32:16 PM EST

Dear EU,

speaking on behalf of several hundred multinational US-based corporate conglomerates I'd like to state that, yes, we do need software patents. For the good of people everywhere we need to be able to lord over them and compromise their rights as much as possible - it's for economic progress. When they get older and retire, they'll understand. Remember, just like in the US, it's those old 60-somethings that are close to retirement that we have ultimate control over, and you'll note they are a very large voter block with plenty to protect.

Make it easy on yourself - just sign it into law and we won't have to post what you do with your money to your constituents.

Sincerely,

Big Business


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How about this? (2.60 / 5) (#5)
by maketo on Wed Dec 13, 2000 at 05:11:18 PM EST

Dear EU, I just wrote to you in a rhetoric delirious manner about the American Corporate Conglomerates who enslave and exploit me with a 40K/year paycheque. I am sure that you will act on my brave words and stomp all who think these same words are empty. So, when I say that we are enslaved and our rights are taken, I also assume that you understand I live in a system where we must work and make fat money cheques and that I, although use this money to live in the comfort of my cozy home, I also sympathize with all other, not so fortunate people who work like me, drive a Mercedes and are enslaved! So Viva La Revolution, this time it is not "Egalite, Liberte, Fraternite", it is "Lies, lies and damn lies!"
agents, bugs, nanites....see the connection?
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Dear EU (4.00 / 2) (#7)
by Devil Ducky on Wed Dec 13, 2000 at 10:45:50 PM EST

Dear EU,
I am a retired CEO of a major software producing company. I am spending my retired time in Florida with other retired persons from the same buisness.

We have decided as a group to vote for Pat Buchanan.

Dammit! I pressed the wrong button.

Devil Ducky

Immune to the Forces of Duct Tape
Day trading at it's Funnest
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This is so important to... (4.00 / 2) (#6)
by GreenCrackBaby on Wed Dec 13, 2000 at 06:23:53 PM EST

...all of us. At stake here is the future of the open-source computing industry. Don't understand why? Take, for example, the patent on the compression algorithm used by GIFs. Compuserve (who last I heard held this patent) demands royalties on any GIF encoder/decoder. An open-source project like GIMP that needs to encode/decode GIFs then has to pay this royalty fee or else not use GIF files (or face legal action).

Now imagine 100's of patents, most granted for obvious things like the Amazon.com "one-click shopping" program. Imagine trying to write an open-source program where you have 100s of patents to consider.

For a big company (like M$), this isn't too big a deal, but for the free software community it could be a show-stopper.

Unisys, actually. (none / 0) (#8)
by Greyjack on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 12:46:25 AM EST

Compuserve created the .GIF format; Unisys owns the LZW compression algorithm .GIF uses, and are the guys who put the squeeze on for royalties.

Check out Unisys' LZW page for more details.

Oh, and if you have a website of your own, you may owe them US$5,000 for the right to use .GIF images on it.

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Here is my philosophy: Everything changes (the word "everything" has just changed as the word "change" has: it now means "no change") --Ron Padgett


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