Won't make further contributions to this online debate now
Posted Aug 25, 2005 8:36 UTC (Thu) by FlorianMueller
Parent article: On the defense of piracy enablers
Sorry, but things have to come to an end, and it doesn't look to me like the navigation on an HTML page like this benefits from ever more contributions. We've already had a couple of cases in which something was stated by someone to "correct" my statements while I had previously said the same, more or less.
Now that I've explained my thinking at great length, I'd rather devote the same time to the book that I'm writing on how we prevented the ratification of the European software patent directive. That book will also contain a variety of programmatic statements on software patents (and on IPRs in general).
To me, the important thing is the starting point of all of this: Negating author's rights that politicians (and judges) consider to be beyond reasonable doubt can position the entire open-source movement (even if only a vocal minority of radicals is responsible) outside of the consensus area of a vast political majority, and the price for that is really high.
By issuing a press release that commented on the bnetd case in a very short format, I may have inadvertently provoked the kind of reaction that came from Jon.
I'd be happy to talk about this interesting set of issues some more, but this is neither the time nor the place for more of that. Maybe there will be an opportunity at some FOSS or IP or digital consumer rights conference. If I happen to participate in such an event, any of you can contact me there, or if you organize such an event, I might be available to participate as a speaker (for logistical reasons, that's far more likely to work out for a conference in Munich or Brussels than in San Fran or Tokyo).
Think about what I said because it's essential to the future success and proliferation of open source. So long.
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