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Long live open information!

From: Imre Simon <is@ime.usp.br>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 14:46:43 -0300
Message-ID: <15292.41091.58391.939277@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
The advent of the Internet, the WWW and the free software communities
showed the enormous potential of the novel paradigm of the
"cooperative construction of information goods". This paradigm relies
essentially on the availability of "open information",
i.e. information which is open for copying, open for dissemination and
open for improving. This seems to be essential in implementing the
very fast and very dynamic evolution cycles that characterize those
communities. I believe that our society has a long and intelectually
very rich road ahead of it in developing and in applying the
cooperative paradigm, also to new areas, such as the cooperative
construction of educational contents, for instance.

The implementation of the RAND proposal would clearly jeopardize these
possibilities.

Please, do not allow such an event to occur. Let us keep alive the
wonderful experiment of the "cooperative construction" of the last two
or three decades.

Long live open information!

Imre Simon
Professor, University of São Paulo, Brazil
http://www.ime.usp.br/~is/
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