Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Xavi Drudis Ferran xdrudis at
Sun Apr 7 00:48:38 UTC 2002

El Sat, Apr 06, 2002 at 11:00:01PM +0000, MJ Ray deia:
> xdrudis at <xdrudis at> wrote:
> > I heard that UK is the country pushing for software patents in Europe. 
> Please, do not start that again.  The UK Government, advised by the UKPTO,

OK, let's leave it here, then.

> I don't think it's fair to say that the UK is pushing for it.  I don't think
> most UK subjects are even aware of the issue right now, not even the ones
> who ought to know about it.

If I understand you say the country is not pushing it, only its government?
If that's so, I have no problem to take back "the UK is the country pushing..."
and replace it with "the UK government is pushing..." or "some civil servants 
and/or politicians in the UK government and/or administration are pushing 
it..." But it is not so uncommon to assume a democratic goverment represents 
the country even if many people in the country disagree with the government
or don't have an opinion. It's sort of the best generalization you can make, 
but yes, you don't have to make generalisations at all if you're a bit 
paranoid on language. All generalizations are bad :). Sorry to have let 
one about UK through.

> > So your help trying to change that would be more useful (IMHO) than
> > fighting this single license. If you want to help your country fellows in
> > keeping our law system sane, you may want to read
> > 
> >
> And then you may want to help AFFS organise its campaign against this

Is your "you" the same as my "you" (i.e. Martin) or am I this "you" ?
I guess you're taƱking to Martin, but if I can help somehow, just tell me.

> ill-considered move.   We're looking for new faces
> to help us on this troublesome issue.  Other campaigns are setting up, too.

Xavi Drudis Ferran
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