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[News] Francisco Mingorance Works for Gates Senior-Filled AstroTurf to Harm European Developers

  • Subject: [News] Francisco Mingorance Works for Gates Senior-Filled AstroTurf to Harm European Developers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:17:08 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Francisco Mingorance still lobbies for Software-Patents in the European Union

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| Lobbyist Francisco Mingorance from the 
| Business Software Alliance (BSA) is a die-hard 
| advocate for software patents on the European 
| level. The original EU-Commission software 
| patent directive proposal which was defeated 
| by Eurolinux and supporters was last saved by 
| the lobbyist Francisco Mingorance. His recent 
| intervention at the European STOA panel shows 
| that we have to stay alert and defend the 
| rights of software SMEs and the Linux sector 
| against our opponents and their patent 
| ideology.



The Likely Victims of This Year's BSA raid: Internet Cafe's and Other Computer Rental Businesses

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| Do you run a business that involves any form
| of computer rental such as internet cafe, for-
| profit computer training center, and/or hotel
| that provides computers for the convenience of
| the guests? Do you live in a country like
| Taiwan where BSA (Business Software Alliance)
| does yearly raid to small and medium
| businesses with the help of your government
| because they are pressured by, or have some
| inconvenient relationship with BSA? My guess
| is that BSA will target this new group of
| software "pirates" -- yes even if they have
| already paid for the first layer of the
| Microsoft taxes. But there is a way -- maybe
| even a much more profitable way -- out if you
| are willing to try diskless computers + mother
| tongue bootable usb keys.


SA bangs piracy drum

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| Most users will simply do without the software or
| switch to something more affordable or even open
| source. A huge part of the problem with software
| is that it is expensive and most users just can't
| afford the price tag. Having a pirated copy is
| nice but not nice enough to convince them to hand
| over thousands of rands to buy a legitimate copy.


Piracy's global economic impact debated

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| But critics of the study say it fails to account for the possibility that
| pirated software could be replaced with Linux or other open-source options. If
| it were, the BSA's global loss figure of $53 billion would drop sharply, they
| maintain.


Open Source: One Sure Way To Keep Piracy At Bay

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| The BSA won't tell you that the best way to avoid software piracy is to use
| software that cannot, by definition, be pirated. Then again, the BSA also
| won't tell you that a disgruntled ex-employee decided to make your life
| miserable by giving them a call.


Don't Copy That Floppy sequel promises prison beatings for copying

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| The BSA are, of course, big proponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
| Agreement, which would require signatories to send noncommercial copiers to
| prison, so I suppose that there's something to this threat.


Is The BSA Purposely Promoting Open Source Alternatives?

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| So, what is the BSA doing? Yes, that's right, it's pumping up its software
| audit program, sending 1,000 audit letters to companies in London, officially
| demanding they detail their software usage -- while unofficially acting as a
| tremendous advertisement for open source software, where providers don't
| treat their customers as if they were criminals.


How many billions is open-source software worth?

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| In other words, using OSS isn't about being anti-Microsoft or believing in
| some sort of open-source ethical rightfulness, using OSS is simply a smart
| business move. Indeed, at $387-billion in value, OSS is twice as valuable as
| Microsoft's current net worth of $183.5-billion. Not bad for 'free software'
| is it?

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