[Fsfe-ie] Summary of meeting #3
adelaney at cs.may.ie
Thu Sep 4 13:49:11 CEST 2003
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> 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
> - 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:
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 :)
If anyone has both the right and the need to study the code and be assured of
its correct functioning, it is users.
-- Whitfield Diffie
Checksums of bad data tell you only: "yup, that's exactly the same
bad data the other guy has"
-- Tom Lord
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