[Fsfe-ie] Swpat: possible players

Seth Johnson seth.johnson at realmeasures.dyndns.org
Tue Dec 2 01:08:54 CET 2003

Actually, organizing is chiefly preaching to the converted: it's a 
matter of finding those who are looking for what you're saying.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Clarke <ian at locut.us>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 23:57:37 +0000
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-ie] Swpat: possible players

> James Heald wrote:
> > I've been looking through websites, trying to identify more
> potential 
> > players.
> > 
> > One thing which is very important to think about is that any
> contacts 
> > with the powers-that-be will be have far more impact if they can be
> > firmly established as a joint Free Software/SME initiative, rather
> than 
> > just  "free-love, open-standard, freeware fanatics" as one UK
> lawyer 
> > tried to marginalise Open Sourcers.
> Absolutely, one of the greatest dangers of highlighting the threat 
> software patents are to free software is that it obscures the fact
> that 
> they are just as great a threat to more conventional revenue
> generating, 
> voter employing commercial software companies.
> Framing the argument in ethical terms is only valuable when preaching
> to 
> the converted, although I suspect I am preaching to the converted in 
> pointing that out :-)
> Ian.
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