guardian: "When using open source makes you an enemy of the state"
kristian at zimmer428.net
Thu Feb 25 13:34:27 UTC 2010
MJ Ray schrieb:
> Maybe the ones who would make statements don't know what to do about
> the IIPA and things like this?
Well... though you may be right, I would be thoroughly surprised seeing
a (large-scale, by now?) software company like RedHat _not_ aware of
those institutions. I mean, talking about Germany, everyone (even the
small IT companies) know about BITKOM or the BSA, despite eventually
disagreeing with what they do...
> Maybe FSFE could encourage a new *liberal* creative industry
> association that mainly coordinates its members on things like this,
> without either trying to extract dues from its members or group them
> together into consortia? I don't see any way for companies to join
> FSFE on the website at the moment.
Not sure whether "one" institution (FSF? FSFE? ...?) seems a good idea
here; I'd rather see many small forces joined together in some sort of
network. Germany, in example, has the BIKT as an association which
seems in competition with BITKOM while aiming at collecting SMEs and
promoting their positions and views (i.e. talking about software
patents). Is this the only example?
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