No community mandate
Posted Aug 25, 2005 8:19 UTC (Thu) by FlorianMueller
In reply to: You should no answer
Parent article: On the defense of piracy enablers
QUOTE: We must improve the process to select our leaders, :-)
I'm not a selected nor an elected leader. I've played a role in a political process of major strategic importance (the EU software patent directive). I've contributed to a debate, and I can continue to do so without any mandate from any community.
There are politicians on the right wing whom the term "open source" makes want to puke, and some of those are in favor of software patents despite my persuasive efforts, while others have understood from me that one can be pro-IP and anti-swpat at the same time. There is no way to have any constructive dialog with them on the basis of an anti-IP ideology.
I believe that it's important to reach out to all parts of the democratic spectrum, especially to the majority. Despite a different perspective on the specific problem of software patents and the vitriolic rhetoric in that fight over software patents, I'm on good terms with various IP professionals (such as in-house IP lawyers of large corporations and a high-ranking judge who was partially responsible for the pro-swpat stance of the German government). The common ground is that I, too, believe IPRs are generally good. And I think open source will do better if open-source activists come from the assumption that individual authors may reserve a variety of rights. As the success of open source shows, there are always authors who are willing to cede some of those rights and publish their works under more consumer-friendly licensing terms, but within reason, they should be given the choice.
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