[Fsfe-ie] Summary of meeting #3

Aidan Delaney adelaney at cs.may.ie
Thu Sep 4 13:49:11 CEST 2003

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> Present:
>   Robert Fitzsimons
>   Ciaran O'Riordan
>   Glenn Strong
>   Malcolm Tyrrell
Apologies for not being there.

> Discussion, topics, and suggestions:
>   - Given the current focus, would it be useful to organise an anti
>     e-patent body independent of FFII?
Those FFII guys don't seem to like sharing info.  I personally don't think 
theres enough energy to support two organisations.  The IFSO should push the 
anti-swpat agenda as part of IFSO.

>     - We could provide a "throwaway" web site
>       (e.g. irish-anti-e-patents.org) that we could direct
>       people to.
It looks like I may be getting http://ifso.cs.may.ie, if that's any help.

>     - We should assemble a list of current amendments (as they come out)
>       - remove the proposer information (to remove any prejudice
>         that may be associated with the name).
>       - Identify each as a Yes/No for our position.
>       - Briefly discuss our reasoning for each decision.
>       Use these to indicate to our MEPs the kind of amendments we
>       would consider acceptable and unacceptable.
Ok.  But we still have to push the ideal that swpats are bad and we don't wan 
them, full-stop.

>   - We should produce a challenge to Arlene McCarthy's Fact Sheet
>     (that is, a specific response document that addresses the
>     Myth/Fact items McCarthy listed here:
>     http://vrijschrift.org/swpat/press/final_factsheet1092003.pdf)
I feel the concentration on describing swpats as "computer implementd 
inventions" is similar to tactics used by large sw manufacturers who talk 
about "trusted computing". 

I'll be at the next one, I need a pint :)

- -- 
Aidan Delaney
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