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Against Software Patents


By Yaba
Published: Apr 11 2004

On April 14th there will be a demonstration against software patents in Brussels/Belgium. If you can't join this demonstration, but maintain a web site, you also can participate online by replacing the entry page by a demonstration page, adding a banner or changing the color scheme plus adding your site to the list of online demo participants.

There is also a statement on the KDE Homepage regarding software patents.

Another possibility to express your opinion is to vote on the current poll on this site.


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 Thank You

 
 by secretmethod70 on: Apr 11 2004
 
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Thank you for posting this on the site. We, as a community, must do all we can to fight this.


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 Re: Thank You

 
 by secretmethod70 on: Apr 11 2004
 
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I do wonder why kde-look.org has not done anything to take part in the online protest the way www.gimp.org and so many other sites have. ??


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 Re: Re: Thank You

 
 by Yaba on: Apr 11 2004
 
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Frank just added a statement to the front page of kde-look.org.


To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.
- Scott Granneman, Security Focus

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 Re: Re: Re: Thank You

 
 by telex on: Apr 11 2004
 
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Thanks Frank!


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 Re: Re: Re: Thank Yo

 
 by secretmethod70 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Thanks - once again :D Well, gee, now I look like a dummy ;)


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 Anyone going?

 
 by anonymous on: Apr 11 2004
 
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Is anyone here going? I'm attending all of the conferences and meetings as a UK representative, and I'm blowing up baloons 2 hours before the demo starts... it might be fun to meet anyone going ;)


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 Re: Anyone going?

 
 by igel on: Apr 11 2004
 
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I'll be there with some friends...
Hope to see more people than in august...


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 Consumer Action

 
 by vitanova on: Apr 11 2004
 
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from http://www.vitanova.dds.nl :

Consumer Boycot Nokia

Nokia is actively campaigning pro software patents in Europe, and spreading misinformation doing this.

Software patents are bad. They do not protect huge investments in research, they protect trivial ideas. The European Parliament reached a good compromise.

For consumers, software patents lead to higher prices, less choice. For (Open Source) developers, investors and users alike, software patents would mean legal uncertainty: a patent minefield. With the current flood of trivial patents legalized, software innovation would become a dangerous enterprise in Europe.
More info on software patents at FFII.

The Council of Ministers is pushing for unlimited patentability of software, heavily lobbied by patent lawyers. Here Nokia is very active, campaining pro software patents, and spreading http://swpat.ffii.org/news/04/cons0408/index.en.html misinformation doing so. Nokia's behavior is irresponsible. Do you want to buy products from a company that is untrustworthy? I would say no.

I call upon everyone around the world not to buy Nokia products.

You may copy this page.

Imagine many copies of this call for action against Nokia on the web. Nokia makes much more money selling phones than it can from software patents. Nokia is vulnerable: it needs to be hip. It is not hip. It needs to choose. Pro phones, against software patents.

For Nerds only: unite!
Nerds are often in an advising role. Advise against Nokia. Be proud. Use legal ways. And win. Don't let the dinosaurs win. Is this the information age, or not? Defend your freedom. After the Boston Tea party, the Brussels Tea party. Stand up. Make this a revenge of the nerds.

Nokia is out.
Spread the word.


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 hrm question

 
 by karnivore on: Apr 11 2004
 
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I would like to ask how might such act affect people outside Europe?

I'm from Asia, you know. I have heard much about that patient thing, but yet I'm not quite sure about its influence.


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 Re: hrm question

 
 by Emon on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Every open-source project in Asia that uses a "little part" of something that was developed in Europe under the "new" Software-patent-definitions (e.g. a new kernel or a patch or small programm like Knotes) can't be used in an Asian project due to patent laws. (Right?) Thus asian linux-distros would suffer, just like every other distro.I think there could be a domino-effect. One country/continent after another will impose those open-source-killing patent law which is really bad news.


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 Software Patents

 
 by krey on: May 24 2004
 
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Fu** Sh*t **c*ing Software Patents ! ! Stop them !


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