[Fsfe-ie] patents status withdrawl etc.

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at member.fsf.org
Tue Sep 2 01:11:51 CEST 2003

I got a replay from Alex Macfie[0].

On the FFII lobbying of Irish MEPs, he says:

> It's co-ordinated by FFII, particularly those who are often in
> Brussels. 

>From this, I gather that it is done via private mailinglists
and face to face meetings.  i.e. not openly.

He gave me the name of the Porturguese MEP that has tabled
the FFII mini-proposal: Jose Ribeiro e Castro.

He recommended signing up to the patents at aful.org list
<mailto:sympa at aful.org?subject=subscribe%20patents>

I've asked him whether we can coordinate our efforts or not.

In general, I get the feeling that coordination will not
be practical, FFII will not be sharing their info with us.

The conclusion I draw is that we just have to ignore the
activity of FFII and carry on our work independently.

This sort of non-community effort annoys me.  (All info
I receive off list is passed on to this list)


[0] Alex is an FFII person that mailed me out of the blue

On Sun, Aug 31, 2003 at 09:13:34PM +0100, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> As we know, the proposal has been sent back to JURI so that they
> can produce something less contraversial.
> Brian Crowley is the only Irish MEP on JURI, I'm told by Alex Macfie
> that the "the UK lobbyists" have been in contact with Mr. Crowley, and
> he's anti-swpats.  I've requested more details from Alex (and details
> of where this action was coordinated).
> Alex also says that a Portuguese MEP has tabled the FFII mini-proposal
> as an amendment.  If this amendment makes it to the plenary we should
> tell our MEPs to vote Yes on it.
> We should probably hold our action until we hear the details of the
> Mr.Crowley situation, I'll forward all info as soon as I get it.
> ciaran.
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