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From "David Reid" <da...@jetnet.co.uk>
Subject Re: EU Software Patents
Date Wed, 27 Aug 2003 18:08:11 GMT
This particular line of reasoning doesn't sit very well with me.

Bill, are you seriously saying that laws in the EU will not have any impact
on the way the ASF carries on it's affairs? It saddens me as I thought we'd
moved away from this sort of small minded view of the world :(

david


> At 12:44 PM 8/26/2003, Danny Angus wrote:
>
> >If anyone's counting a show of hands here I'm a European and +1 to
opposing
> >software patents in Europe and +1 to the ASF supporting the demo.
>
> I will say that I'm pleased the members were able to turn the ship so
quickly
> to support the initiative, it shows exactly how far from lethargy our
community
> is, even near the end of summer.
>
> I should point out though that ASF support of the protest is a bit odd.
> We are a US Delaware charitable corporation bound by (primarily) US law
> and patents (and US patent treaty obligations.)
>
> When the topic of US patent reform comes up (the insanity that has led to
> issues such as the .gif file format, SCO v.s. the world, etc) that we most
> carefully consider a position and reflect that in our activites.  There
are very
> stringent lobbing restrictions on the charitable corporation, but that
does
> not mean we cannot have any positions (consider the various cancer
> foundations' support of anti-smoking efforts.)
>
> One thing I do not want from the foundation is a double standard applied
> to our positions on US v.s. Euro patents.
>
> Bill
>
>
>
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