[Fsfe-ie] Broad or Narrow?
j.heald at ucl.ac.uk
Fri Nov 14 18:12:45 CET 2003
Malcolm Tyrrell wrote:
> At last night's meeting the subject of breadth came up.
> We tried to think up examples of issues related to free
> One example suggested was "Freedom of Information".
> Another example of a related issue occurred to me today:
> support for "Open Content" such as Wikipedia.
> It is my opinion that general support for these issues,
> while admirable, lies outside the objectives of an IFSO.
How about eg the proposed WIPO meeting on collaborative (non-commercial)
approaches to intellectual property, which the USPTO got the US
government to kill ?
Free software was an important strand of that meeting, but its ambit was
to have ranged far wider, including for example
* the collaboratively built but open-for-all-to-access human genome
* the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) project,
* alternatives to patentability for encouraging research into the
functionality of gene sequences (functional genomics),
* Project Gutenberg and the value of the copyright-expired public domain,
* Open journals for scientific publishing,
* In general the importance of other alternative models to private
ownership, to encourage the generation of new intellectual material.
So, what about abstract discussion of the meta-issue of the economics of
non IP-reliant modes of intellectual production ?
Would discussion of how to gain maximum discussion in the Irish media
for the US action of squashing this conference be on-topic for IFSO ?
What if free software hadn't been explicitly on the agenda, would
discussion of how to raise what the US had done still be on-topic,
because of its at-one-remove importance for free software ?
As a slightly separate issue (but only slightly), is the impact of the
EUCD on 'fair use' not relevant to discuss in itself as a kindred issue,
quite apart from its implications for free software ?
If not IFSO, then who ?
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