[Fsfe-ie] IPRED2 letter?

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Wed Oct 5 00:07:55 CEST 2005

Malcolm Tyrrell <malcoh0l at yahoo.ie> writes:
> We need to write either a letter or a position document on
> this issue. We had one mostly written:
> http://www.ifso.ie/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi/IPRED2
> Teresa has given us ..."The responsible for IPRED2 is Anne
> Coleman-Dunne. [...]  she's the person to whom any letters or statements
> should be addressed (maybe copied to Michael English)."

ok, so we should write something and send it to those two in Entemp.  They
will have input into both the Directive and the Council Framework Decision.

Since Entemp probably have more of a duty to read emails than MEPs do, being
complete is probably more important than being concise.

If we mention:
* the problems from the FSFE page
* one or two more if we can think of some
* an explanation of why "intentional" and "commercial scale" are not
  significant limits
* comment on the difference between current Irish law and this proposal.

then we'd have a great letter.  But none of these are show stoppers, so
sending something should be the priority.  Is Monday Oct 10th a good

> Ciaran, can you offer an opinion on whether the letter on our wiki
> page is a suitable starting point, or whether we should start from
> scratch.

I think real-world explanations are more useful for helping MEPs who don't
specialise in the area to understand it.  The text of that letter could be
useful in the future, but for this letter I think we have to do

I can give this some time tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.

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