Software patents: They're back!

Patrick Ohnewein patrick.ohnewein at
Tue Feb 7 18:59:34 UTC 2006

Hi Ciaran!

Ciaran O'Riordan schrieb:
> I will be writing a draft response for FSFE this week, and I'll do the
> drafting on this list.

That's good news, thanks.

> We shouldn't harvest that list, but we should probably contact people and
> companies that we have had previous contact with.  It would probably be most
> useful to do this when we have some example replies to show them.

It would be a nice pool ;)

But I think you are right, we should all look for personal contact. The
companies may need new informations on the topic or at least a refresh.

> I don't plan on making an aggregator site.
> (and I agree with others that FFII's swpat news page is the best
>  aggregator-like site.)

The news aggragation site of FFII is very well done.

I was thinking more about a platform like nosoftwarepatents was. Some
central point we can direct companies looking for fresh and non tecnical
information on the topic. FFII seams to be to tecnical and not adeguated
for CIOs in my eyes.

Last time there was nosoftwarepatents, but the activities on it seam
stopped now. We cannot use a site which content is outdated for months.

Are there any plans to create something new, reactivate nosofwarepatents
or something similar?

Happy hacking!

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