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From: "Peter P. Yim" <yimpp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:20:28 -0700
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Thanks, Gary.    (01)

I've signed it, and am passing it along.    (02)

If I may just cite one reason why I signed, I'd say:    (03)

    "If the patent process were originally intended to encourage 
innovation, then allowing for software patents would hurt that cause a 
lot more than it would promote it."    (04)

--    (05)

Gary Richmond wrote Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:11:23 -0400:
> I'm forwarding most of an email I received from Uta Priss
> regarding a EU vote that could profoundly effect open-source
> software in Europe. Uta wrote:
>> The European Parliament is voting next Tuesday on whether
>> or not to introduce US-style software patent laws in
>> Europe. This legislation would mainly help large
>> companies, who own most of the patents and can afford
>> patent lawyers. Apparently, even obvious ideas, such as
>> the progress bar used in software installation and the
>> folder look for selecting options have been patented (by
>> IBM and Adobe, respectively). This means that any
>> open-source software that happens to implement these
>> ideas, could no longer be used commercially without
>> licensing these features. It might mean that companies
>> would no longer be able to use Linux computers.
>> There is a petition which can be signed (also by
>> Non-Europeans):
>> http://petition.eurolinux.org/    (06)

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