Patent infringement suit filed against Red Hat (No Lobbyists As Such)
Posted Jul 3, 2006 7:35 UTC (Mon) by Zack
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In your blog entry you write:
"I believe the above should eliminate all reasonable doubt about what happened that day."
Yes, I think it now stands that someone called someone (who knew someone) to whom that call seemed odd and then wrote about that on a private mailing list.
But to jump to the conclusion that Mark Webbink on that day actively worked against no software patents requires a leap of faith I'm not willing to make considering that political lobbying is an industry where ones mastery of smoke and mirrors is considered a valuable asset and hidden personal agendas are a fact of life.
To give an example of what I consider to be opaque political manoeuvring:
As to your motives you write early on:
"Its really simple: on the occasion of a patent suit having been filed against Red Hat, I thought it was time to tell the truth. Especially the free and open source software (FOSS) community should know where certain key players stand."
People should know where Redhat stands
and at the end:
"Id like to reiterate what I said in my previous post: What Mark Webbink did behind the scenes is not necessarily Red Hats position as a company, even though Red Hat has entrusted him with patent lobbying."
but it might not necessarily be the position of Redhat
which combined give:
People should know where Redhat might or might not stand.
Such rhetorics do not instill trust.
I hope you can see why at least some people find it hard to take your allegations at face value.
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