Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Sun Apr 7 08:46:12 UTC 2002

On Sun, 2002-04-07 at 00:00, MJ Ray wrote:
> 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,
> merely appears trying to export our ambiguous wording.  I'm willing to
> believe that they don't know how much harm this will do.  It still needs to
> be stopped.
> 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.

A government is chosen by the people who elected it, so theoretically,
all those who voted in favour are supporting software patents as advised
by the UKPTO ;)

It isn't fair but that's what's happening. The majority of UK people
voted for this government.

I bet 5 eur that most of them don't have the foggiest idea about most of
what happens though, but that's a problem of transparency in politics
and of caring from the people.

MJ, are you from the UK? Who in the UK is raising the issue against
software patents (very publicly)?

Hugs, rui

+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Ghandi
+ So let's do it...?
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