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Re: [Patents] Richard Stallman re: W3C Patent Policy

From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 01:09:40 -0600 (MDT)
Message-Id: <200110030709.BAA09791@aztec.santafe.edu>
To: riel@conectiva.com.br
CC: seth.johnson@RealMeasures.dyndns.org, www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org, C-FIT_Community@RealMeasures.dyndns.org, fairuse-discuss@mrbrklyn.com, nylug-talk@nylug.org, patents@liberte.aful.org, DMCA_Discuss@lists.microshaft.org, love@cptech.org
    To keep this site out of legal trouble I'll
    just put measures in place to make sure americans won't
    be able to download the software ;)

By refusing access to Americans, you would be helping to keep
Americans under the thumb of the repressive patent regime, in effect
making that regime stronger and harder to evade.  Please do not be so
quick to abandon the US to the domain of repression.

At present, you are not in danger even if you allow Americans to
download from your site.  But please take note of the danger of the
Hague treaty, which threatens to globalize *all* the laws of the
various signatory countries that can restrict what you can publish.
If patents are included in the Hague treaty--and that is the current
proposal--and if Brazil signs it, Brazilians that publish software on
the net could be in danger from US patent law.  See
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/hague.html for more explanation, and
please try to stir up some political activity.
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2001 03:13:39 UTC

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