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[News] Open Source For America Denounces MAFIAA After Smears

  • Subject: [News] Open Source For America Denounces MAFIAA After Smears
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:04:14 +0000
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OSFA joins OSI in refuting IIPA's attack on open source

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| Open Source For America (OSFA), an organisation 
| created to promote the use of open source in 
| government, has denounced the IIPA's "Special 
| 301" call saying it is irresponsible and 
| misleading. The International Intellectual 
| Property Association (IIPA) had called for the 
| US Trade Representative to place countries such 
| as Indonesia, Brazil and India, on a "Special 
| 301" watch list, normally reserved for 
| dictatorships or repressive regimes, because 
| the governments advocate the use of open 
| source. OSFA say that this request is "both 
| irresponsible and misleading in its 
| characterisation of OSS".



The OSI Categorically Rejects IIPA's special pleadings against Open Source

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| Moore's Law, Disk Law, and Fiber Law have
| created an economic engine for growth,
| promising exponentially improving
| computing, storage, and networking
| performance for the foreseeable future. And
| yet according to a 2003 UNCTAD report,
| "there has been no Moore's Law for
| software," and indeed it is because of
| software that computer systems have become
| more expensive, more complex, and less
| reliable. The global economy spent $3.4T
| USD on Information and Communication
| Technologies in 2008, of which we estimate
| $1T USD was wasted on "bad software". And
| reconfirming the 2003 report and our own
| numbers updated for 2010, others have
| estimated losses of at least $500B and as
| much as $6T USD (meaning that for every
| dollar spent on ICT, that dollar and almost
| one more went down the drain). Whether the
| annual loss number is $500B, $1T, or $6T,
| all represent an unsustainable cost and
| undeniable evidence that something in the
| dominant design of the proprietary software
| industry is deeply flawed. (See
| OSS-2010.pdf for complete references to all
| of the above.)


Indonesia: the IIPA is "Watching" you.

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| This is just one of many attacks that try
| to equate open source software with
| software piracy and an overall lack of
| respect for copyright law. And itâs
| rhetoric that we, as open source advocates,
| need to quash. Sometimes we even have to
| educate our own people. The chairwoman of
| the Indonesian Association of Open Source
| (AOSI), said in an interview a few months
| ago â[P]eople have two options: either to
| pay for licensed software or go open
| source.â Iâm hoping she was misquoted.

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