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Re: Red Hat on patent FUD

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____/ ml2mst on Saturday 21 March 2009 10:34 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ____/ Doug Mentohl on Tuesday 17 March 2009 18:49 : \____
>>> 'the purpose of this portfolio is defensive .. because of the threats of
>>> companies that are hostile to FOSS and that have amassed large
>>> stockpiles of overbroad patents'
>>> 'Although there have been some recent questions about one of our patent
>>> applications relating to the AMQP specification, they appear to
>>> originate in an attempt to spread FUD. Theres no reasonable, objective
>>> basis for controversy'
>> It's not really FUD.
>> The former head of the FFII is sure to publicise information which suggests
>> that Red Hat is not or was not serious about ending software patents. People
>> should not let them off the hook so easily.
> I enjoyed Pieter's comments on BN, but I am pretty confused here. What
> does it mean, is Redhat becoming another patent troll or am I
> misinterpreting this?

No, but it just doesn't do enough to combat swpats. In some ways, it adds to
the problem.

> What I recently learned from BN and especially Pieter Hintjens is that
> we (Europeans) are in trouble. The software patent lobby (of course led
> by the Evil empire of MICROS~666) is marching on and nobody pays
> attention and that the FFII has become corrupt (pretty much like ISO).
> Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Corrupt? No, it's just a lot less active.

> I have signed a petition against the legalization of software patents in
> Europe several times, but it is not working to well, is it?

Nokia/Symbian caused damage.

> So what I am asking of you, my fellow Europeans is to stay allert and
> fight software patents as much as we can.
> It is a fact that we, Europeans copy most of Americans behavior,
> unfortunately we are starting to copy their stupidity as well more and
> more. Please don't let it happen.


> SweatyB (the übermaroon) can scream all he wants.
> Have a nice weekend ;-)
> Cheers, Mart

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