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And about freedom?

From: Charles <charles@pilger.inf.br>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:12:11 -0000
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I am a developer, than sometimes produce programs using the GPL license,
sometimes using one BSD-like license. Reading the terms of "field of use"
restrictions, and the positions of the Free Software Foundation [
http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/w3c-patent.html ], I believe than this
restrictions are very dangerous, not only to GPL programs, but to the
freedom of developing web solutions in other open-source licences too. Not
freedom standards are very dangerous, because the access to implement
solutions are closed, and this stop the progress of this same standards.

So, please reconsider the "field of use" restrictions. Maybe to the people
in the business side is a good thing, but to the freedom of the web
standards this can be a very complicated limitation in the future.


Charles Pilger

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