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From Daniel Shahaf <...@daniel.shahaf.name>
Subject Fwd: [debian-announce@: Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available]
Date Sat, 09 Jul 2011 14:01:31 GMT
tldr Debian published a patents FAQ at http://www.debian.org/reports/patent-faq

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> Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:15:42 +0200
> From: Stefano Zacchiroli <leader@debian.org>
> To: debian-announce@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available
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> The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
> Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ available      press@debian.org
> July 9th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110709
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available
> The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of the
> Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ [1], a document meant to
> educate Free Software developers, and especially distribution editors,
> about software patent risks.
>   1: http://www.debian.org/reports/patent-faq
> The FAQ has been prepared by lawyers at Software Freedom Law Center [2]
> (SFLC) at the request of and with input from the Debian Project. While
> the document does not constitute legal advice, it provides insights on
> dealing with software patents, which might be applicable to other
> community-driven Free Software distributions.
>   2: http://www.softwarefreedom.org
> The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents:
> we consider software patents a threat to Free Software and we believe
> they provide no advantages in promoting software innovation.
> At the same time, given the 'de facto' possibility of patenting software
> related ideas in several countries around the world, it is important for
> Free Software developers and distributors to neither underestimate nor
> overestimate software patent issues. "Patent FUD is a serious problem,
> as is the risk of patent aggression against Free Software," said Eben
> Moglen, founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center. "SFLC is
> pleased to work with Debian to help volunteers for community
> distributions everywhere understand the real risks, and real solutions,
> without being disheartened by fear, uncertainty, and doubt."
> We believe that the Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ helps in
> that respect and we are glad to make it available to others. "Debian, as
> many other community distributions, has often had troubles in assessing
> the risks of patent aggression toward volunteer developers. I'm glad and
> thrilled about the opportunity we have of collaborating with SFLC to
> shed some light on these matters." said Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian
> Project Leader. "We will do our best to disseminate our findings, in a
> humble attempt to minimize the damages that software patents, and some
> of their myths, cause every day to Free Software."
> About Debian
> ------------
> The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free
> community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the
> largest and most influential open source projects.  Thousands of
> volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
> Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
> of computer types, Debian calls itself the "universal operating system".
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