Nowhere in my mail do I advocate the use of close source s/w without a
I do have a problem with a major s/w organisation that is using it's
influence with the BSA (and they're not the only ones) to encourage the
passing of Europe-wide software patent laws that are probably a very bad
Whatever you feel about the BSA there are many reasons why software patents
are a bad idea and I don't think they should be supporting this.
It's becoming a little bit worrying that the EU seem intent on sneaking in
legislation covering the use and trade of technology without consulting
those most affected by it. Our politicians, in general, don't have a clue
and the end result is that people will end up with expensive headaches in
the future if these laws aren't canned today.
Go BSA, but only 'so far'!
----- Original Message -----
From: "kevin lyda" <kevin at suberic.net>
To: "Shane Dempsey" <sdempsey at tssg.wit.ie>
Cc: <social at linux.ie>
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: [ILUG-Social] Legislative Alert
> On Mon, Mar 11, 2002 at 04:07:15PM -0000, Shane Dempsey wrote:
> > A few damaging points about the nature of the MS-dominated BSA might not
> > astray aswell.
>> i love the bsa. i hope they crack down harder. people using closed
> source s/w in violation of the terms on which it offered are breaking
> the law and should be punished. i think every company using such s/w
> should be checked for compliance, have a staff member who's primary
> (sole?) duty is to insure license compliance and conduct quarterly audits
> on everyone's computer.
>> go bsa!
>kevin at suberic.net buffy: come on, can't you put your foot down?!
> fork()'ed on 37058400 giles: it *is* down.
> meatspace place: orbit buffy: one of these days you're going to have
>http://suberic.net/~kevin get a grown up car. --inca mummy girl
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