Looking for specific cases where software patents hurt free software
A friend sent me that message from RMS, I haven't seen it on debian, so I
repost it to debian-devel and debian-legal.
> From: Richard Stallman
> Subject: Looking for specific cases where software patents hurt free software
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 10:00:08 -0700 (MST)
> [Please repost this widely wherever appropriate]
> We would like to collect information about cases where free software
> has been harmed by software patents--that is, cases where a free
> program has been withdrawn from use or interfered with, or where a
> feature was taken out or never written in the first place, because of
> the danger of a patent.
> We hope to use this information to argue against the system of
> software patents, especially in Europe where the question has become
> a live political issue (see www.freepatents.org).
> If you know of such a case, please write to email@example.com
> and tell us what happened.
> Ideally we would like to know the name of the program, its developer's
> name and email address or other coordinates, what happened to the
> program, and the patent number. If you know those things, please
> include them in your report. But if you don't have all of that
> information, please write anyway and tell us whatever you know. For
> instance, if you can tell us how to contact the program's developer,
> we can probably get the rest of the information from the developer.
> If you can tell us just the program's name, we may be able to find the
> developer. We may write back to you to try to get more details; even
> leads for getting more details may be useful.
> Please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than to
> me personally, so that we can collect the responses efficiency.