[Fsfe-ie] Fwd: Re: Meeting with local MP, suggestions welcome
jm at jmason.org
Thu May 20 15:26:46 CEST 2004
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James Heald writes:
> Ian Clarke suggested I copy this to the list
> -- on the best way to introduce swpat arguments to MPs:
> Ian Clarke wrote:
> > James,
> > It seems to me that raising the issue of open source / free software
> > tends to obfuscate rather than illuminate the real issues. My
> > experience that speaking as an "innovator" is much more productive than
> > getting into a discussion about the philosophy of free software versus
> > proprietary, since both free and non-free software producers are
> > threatened by software patents.
> > Do you have any comment on this?
> > Ian.
> I think you're quite right.
(in fact, IMO commercial software SMEs are in greater danger, as a
patent-infringement attack on open source projects would have much
greater PR side-effects for the attacker than an attack on a competitor
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