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[Fsfe-france] FSF Europe & software patents

From: loic
Subject: [Fsfe-france] FSF Europe & software patents
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 11:17:03 +0200


        I hope to open the software patent section of FSF Europe today.
It will contain :

        - A one page introduction explaining the current situation
          (still waiting for feedback from EuroLinux to publish it
           on their pages)
        - A history timeline
          (same as http://petition.eurolinux.org/reference/agenda/)
        - A "how to get involved" page
          (not done yet)

        All this done in close cooperation with members of the EuroLinux

        I've been talking and reading a lot during the past week to
find out what's happening and what should be done. It was a
surprisingly hard process. People who know don't have time to write it
down, people who remember things can't point to a reference, the
web sites are working tools and of little help for the newbie.

        My questions were simple:

        What's the situation ? What happened ? What should be done ? 

        I wrote two documents above to answer the first two questions
and I'll write the third one in the weeks to come. For the future I
think I'll continue to be the software patents newbie of the FSF
Europe. At some point it's possible that I won't be able to play this
role but for the time being it seems an important and useful one.

        Take care,

Loic   Dachary         http://www.dachary.org/  address@hidden
24 av Secretan         http://www.senga.org/      address@hidden
75019    Paris         Tel: 33 1 42 45 09 16        address@hidden
        GPG Public Key: http://www.dachary.org/loic/gpg.txt

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