Free Software contributors threatened as individuals with patents?

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Wed Jan 25 10:29:20 UTC 2017

Hello everybody, 

I recently had a discussion which made me wonder: does anyone of you
know someone who was directly threatened with software patents; either
someone in the function as a volunteer contributor to Free Software, or
self-employed? To clarify: it is not about companies being threatened
with patents, but about threats to individual contributors.

If so, would you be able to ask them to get in contact with me? I will
of course handle all of that confidential. Currently I am mainly
interested how often that happens and in which areas. 

Thank you,

Matthias Kirschner - President - Free Software Foundation Europe
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