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Richard M. Stallman
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:00:57 +0000
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Changes by: Richard M. Stallman <rms> 09/09/04 13:00:57
patent-examp : patent-examples.html
Report actual harm only.
It's not mainly for Europe any more.
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@@ -112,15 +112,14 @@
[Please repost this widely wherever appropriate]
-<p>We would like to collect information about cases where free software
-has been harmed by software patents-that is, cases where a free
-program has been withdrawn from use or interfered with, or where a
-feature was taken out or never written in the first place, because of
-the danger of a patent.
+<p>We would like to collect information about cases where free
+software has actually been harmed by software patents — that is,
+cases where a free program has been withdrawn from use or interfered
+with, or where a feature was taken out or never written in the first
+place, because of the danger of a patent.
<p>We hope to use this information to argue against the system of
-software patents, especially in Europe where the question has become
-a live political issue (see <<code>http://www.freepatents.org</code>>).
<p>If you know of such a case, please write to <a
and tell us what happened.
@@ -136,8 +135,10 @@
developer. We may write back to you to try to get more details; even
leads for getting more details may be useful.
-<p>Please send your information to <a
-than to me personally, so that we can collect the responses efficiency.
+<p>Please do not report patents which are merely <em>possible</em> threats.
+There are thousands of those. Please report only cases of actual harm.
+<p>Please send your information to <a
href="mailto:address@hidden">address@hidden</a>so that we can collect the
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