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[News] [Rival] IEEE Hostile Towards Software Freedom, SFLC/FSF Man Responds to Bilski Decision

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] IEEE Hostile Towards Software Freedom, SFLC/FSF Man Responds to Bilski Decision
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:04:18 +0100
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IEEE-USA pleased that Supreme Court's ruling preserves software patents

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| The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday 
| that a new method of doing business can be 
| patented, and that the ability to patent 
| software should not be limited.


Post-Bilski Steps for Anti-Software-Patent Advocates

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| Lots of people are opining about the USA 
| Supreme Court's ruling in the Bilski case. 
| Yesterday, I participated in a oggcast with 
| the folks at SFLC. In that oggcast, Dan 
| Ravicher explained most of the legal 
| details of Bilski; I could never cover them 
| as well as he did, and I wouldn't even try.
| Anyway, as a non-lawyer worried about the 
| policy questions, I'm pretty much only 
| concerned about those forward-looking 
| policy questions. Looking back at how our 
| community responded to this Bilski 
| situation over the last 18 months, some of 
| it seems similar to what happened while the 
| Eldred case was working its way to the 
| Supreme Court. In the months preceding both 
| Eldred and Bilski, there seemed to be a 
| mass hypnosis that the Supreme Court would 
| actually change copyright law (Eldred) or 
| patent law (Bilski) to make it better for 
| freedom of computer users.
| [...]
| License your software APGLv3, GPLv3, LGPLv3 
| or Apache-2.0. Among the copyleft licenses, 
| AGPLv3  and GPLv3  offer the best patent 
| protections; LGPLv3  offers the best among 
| the weak copyleft licenses; Apache License 
| 2.0 offers the best patent protections 
| among the permissive licenses. These are 
| the licenses we should gravitate toward, 
| particularly when now that it is certain 
| that companies with software patents are 
| coming after Free Software. At least when 
| such companies contribute code to projects 
| under these licenses, we know those 
| particular codebases will be safe from that 
| particular company's patents. 



Microsoft chucks bargain bin at world's youth

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| The Redmond giant is teaming up with industry
| standards body the Institute of Electrical
| and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to give its
| student members gratis access to Microsoft
| development software, training, and job
| opportunities.



Recent:IEEE wants its students to be slaves

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| Below is a message I just got from IEEE. I was a student member of IEEE and
| office bearer of my
| college's IEEE chapter. But I didnt renew my membership with several reasons
| including disagreement on such a great amount of knowledge being locked up
| behind their online digital library. Now, This is a message inviting me back
| to join IEEE offering non-free software from M$ for gratis.This has been
| shown as an attractive offer in the mail, But i feel it as a confirmation
| message not to join IEEE ever after.


Pillay: OOXML debate and the IEEE code of ethics

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| Harish Pillay is annoyed by the ISO OOXML process and thinks the conduct
| infringes upon his professional code of ethics. But his rules just don't
| apply.
| [...]
| An ISO technocrat would probably stress now that ISO/IEC does not apply these
| IEEE principles and wash his hands. Admitted. I thought, I had the view
| ISO/IEC process participants would naturally apply principles like these in
| standardization. I was naive. The mere existence of a Code of Ethics is an
| indication that the ethics seems to contravene the common practice. Of
| course, no doubt, ISO is not bound by IEEE ethics.

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