[Fsfe-ie] Call for mutual support between European and US advocates
seth.johnson at realmeasures.dyndns.org
Wed Oct 20 23:47:12 CEST 2004
Thanks Malcolm! Looking good so far . . .
I also have some motion behind the scenes on the FFII side, not
specific yet, but looks like when one or both of you raise your
heads, you'll find them supportive as well.
Malcolm Tyrrell wrote:
> Seth Johnson is trying to coordinate mutual support between "information
> freedom" advocates in Europe and the US. His e-mail is below. I have drafted
> a response from IFSO which I've put on the Wiki:
> My response is not itself a direct call for US assistance, but rather an
> initial statement of IFSO's position on the idea.
> I plan to send it to the recipients of Seth's original e-mail tomorrow
> afternoon, so please make any necessary edits or comments.
> Good luck,
> Hello folks,
> I'm writing to all of you to provide you with a crucial
> opportunity to forge support from advocates in the United States
> for the cause of eliminating software patents.
> A very broad range of advocates came together this past March for
> an Internet Commons Congress which was organized by Dan
> Berninger, an activist in the area of telecommunications policy,
> and New Yorkers for Fair Use .
> The event was chiefly inspired by the United States Federal
> Communications Commission proposing to regulate Voice Over IP
> applications in accordance with regulations associated with the
> traditional publicly-switched telephone infrastructure. 
> Dan realized the broad implications of this proposal and
> approached us to develop the program and do critical outreach for
> participants representing broader issues areas. The event was a
> great success. 
> We designed this event to bring activists in telecommunications
> policy together with activists in a broad range of issues areas
> more closely related to exclusive rights policy. In order to do
> this effectively, we framed the event in such a way that
> exclusive rights policy implications were represented in terms of
> the following three rights or interests of the public:
> 1) the right to own fully-functional computers;
> 2) the right to make flexible use of published information; and
> 3) the right to express logic in code freely.
> The upshot is that the third item is obviously highly relevant to
> what all of you are deeply involved in right now in Europe.
> Coming out of the event, we have continued discussions among the
> participants. This is a group that crosses the entire
> information freedom activist community in the United States,
> including leading voices from the leading organizations. Besides
> the 50+ active contacts that derived from the event, nearly 250
> more are regularly blind copied, as a result of their having
> shown interest by attending or responding to the initial outreach
> for the event.
> So what can you do with this?
> I am asking that all of you included in this email, work to
> compose a call for the assistance of the United States
> information freedom activist community, in your fight to block
> software patents in Europe. I can send your message to the ICC
> I would like to send your communication to the ICC participants
> by the end of this Thursday.
> I see one specific thing you can most productively ask for: that
> they write a letter of support from advocates in the United
> States, signed by important voices in the fight, that could be
> sent to EU Council, Commission, Presidency, and Parliament
> contacts, national representatives in the member states, as well
> as relevant government agency contacts.
> The one specific thing I most recommend you ask them to say, is
> that the EPO case law is wrong.
> An important thing to understand: I believe most of you are aware
> that the U.S. activist community has a number of misdirected
> positions regarding software patents. What I wish to state now
> is that what you must do is something called "delineation." You
> have to make the most principled part of your position the key to
> your approach -- for instance, state that you want to repeal or
> block software patents, not fix the system. We can expect a
> number, significant or not, of people not to go along with a
> position of outright opposition to software patents as such.
> This would be normal; the thing to remember is that you
> nevertheless get the strong supporters and you build strength for
> a principled position.
> What we of the ICC will get from this, is a strong representation
> from all of you, of the software patents issue as such. You will
> help us strengthen this part of the framework for the ICC, and
> help yourselves in the bargain. We have been circumspect about
> the software patent issue, and we need to confirm its importance
> on a principled ground with the ICC group.
> I have thought for a long time about what other things I would
> include in this email, but I think all I need to do right here is
> give you the idea, and we can follow through with discussing the
> Thank you for your help,
> Seth Johnson
>  Briefly, this was a proposal to consider regulations for
> "IP-enabled services" to fulfill regulations allowing for
> wiretapping, intercarrier access fees and universal service
> charges, emergency call services, and disability access. (See
>  Many great things took root at this event. Most
> significantly, much of the recent WIPO activity was initiated by
> James Love and Manon Ress delivering a pitch to the ICC on
> international policy developments. People who came together at
> this event also joined to block the INDUCE Act. Other VoIP
> initiatives have approached us.
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