Free Software friendly patent pools
Posted Aug 27, 2010 17:23 UTC (Fri) by FlorianMueller
In reply to: Free Software friendly patent pools
Parent article: A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle
We just disagree that you are pointing out a "lesser problem". The end result is destruction of Free Software projects.
I challenged you to make a constructive suggestion for what else should be done, and you don't.
Saying that patents should be used in truly destructive way because collecting royalties has the same "end result" is like telling the tax authority it should kill you because the end result is that your freedom from taxes goes away.
Again, what are you able to propose under the circumstances?
The problem is that free software can't be truly free as long as there are software patents. GNU/Linux isn't "free" in strict free software term if you ask Amazon, HTC, Salesforce and TomTom, and who knows how many others.
Your arguments against OIN seem based on transparency of the organisation and the intentions of the companies that fund it.
In the posting to which you replied, I explained this and you still don't seem to understand. Not after one explanation, not after two, so why try a third time?
You either don't really read or you just want to attack baselessly. Either way is unacceptable if we want to discuss the issues.
You're plain wrong that it's all just about transparency and intentions. The Linux System definition thing is a problem that goes way beyond transparency and intentions. It's an utterly unfair, asymmetrical contract.
If transparency is so important, why won't you say who is currently funding your work?
You just add to my impression of you not being constructive and reasonable since you come back once again to something I addressed before.
I haven't seen any indication that you really want answers and solutions. You repeat over and over misrepresentations of what I say, you don't accept when something is answered, and in the Red Hat context you don't even accept evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt. On the patent royalties matter all you have to offer an ideology and that ideology is incompatible with certain business, legal and political realities of our times. Since you don't run this system, it means your positions are utopian, a word that originally means "there's no place for them" at least in this world.
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