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Re: [Nz-public-discuss] [NZOSS-Openchat] the June 2010 swpat Official In

From: Ciarán O'Riordan
Subject: Re: [Nz-public-discuss] [NZOSS-Openchat] the June 2010 swpat Official Information Act release
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:02:57 +0100

Then someone has to meet with MED to explain the problem then.  If MS
and IBM get extra meetings on request, NZOSS should too.


* Make a document that refutes NZICT's claims one by one.

  They make 10 points (pages 12-17), mostly ridiculous, such as:
  * "open source software thrives in a world of software patents" !!
  * TRIPS requires software patents (point 6)
  * The current exclusion creates uncertainty
  * etc...

  These arguments aren't hard to refute.  You'll find lost of info and
  studies at: 

  Writing a good document is a lot of work, but the wiki contains all
  the info needed.

* Make a petition and gather thousands of signatures.  This was very
  effective in Australia.  Someone first has to check the rules for
  submitting petitions in New Zealand.  (Ex: In Australia, it had to be
  on paper.)

* Write a short statement and get companies to endorse it.  Bonus points
  for signatures from NZICT members.

If you think that an independent group (not FOSS affiliated) would be
useful for gathering foss and non-foss support for the above, you could
use the ESP brand (ESP New Zealand).

(Another comical nugget from the released document: Pingar's
representative's only contribution at the meeting was a pro-swpat
statement, but when asked if he wanted to apply to software patents in
New Zealand, he said no.  page 43, point #5)

Ciarán O'Riordan
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