Capaigning against software patents

Xavi Drudis Ferran xdrudis at
Thu Dec 5 00:25:58 UTC 2002

El Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 12:28:47AM +0100, Jan Wildeboer deia:
> Niall Douglas wrote:
> >There are some very cheap ways to get accurate figures. One would be 
> >to send a short questionaire to software companies asking if they 
> >feel software patents will cost them (obviously you include 
> >documentation explaining them - preferably with a pro and con 
> >section).
> >

This is not cheap either in time or money. And we only have some weeks, 
I guess.
Anyway, we already have some 400 societites having signed the 
petition at, and some 130000 individuals. 

There was a consultation by the Commission (and others elsewhere).
91 % of replies were against swpats,  but they don't seem to care

> >Obviously this would require some money for postage. It duplicates 
> >making them aware of the issue though, so it's well spent.
> Why not contact them via email and provide some links? They are software 
> companies after all ...
> A decent and well-written template could be a good result of this 
> interesting discussion.

You may be interested in
for ideas.

> I think it is unreasonable to ask the FSF for funds when on the other 
> hand the term Free Software should be avoided. It should be a broad 
> coalition of interested people, companies and NGO.
That coalition is Eurolinux, the group who has fought harder against 
software patents and who should be preferably used to coordinate action.

Xavi Drudis Ferran
xdrudis at

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