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"I suggest we do something to bring about patent reform in the United States. Look, maybe just start with a discussion in your local GLUG, LUG, FSUG or developer group. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. I don't care if you organize a good, old-fashioned 1960's-styled demonstration (complete with flower power signs). Call your congressperson, senator, mayor - whoever. But let's start working on this whole patent reform thing.

The FOSS community should write IBM and Sun and all the rest and encourage them to do the same. Heck, go down the road to the farmer milking his cows and get him in on it, if you can. And maybe our friends across the pond can scream about the "bloody legal morass" that America has become. And no, I don't care which pond - it can be the Atlantic or the Pacific or both. The point is, we need to scream to the highest heaven for patent reform.


"There's been an interesting series of articles on SlashDot between Karl Fogel, who's a copyright abolitionist, and Greg Bulmash, who suggests abolitionists shouldn't be using Open Source as an example given Open Source requires copyright in order to enforce the license agreements. Greg suggests that the goal should be reform, not abolishing.

As a very vocal proponent of FLOSS and other modern methods of production, distribution and funding who is involved in copyright reform, I agree with Greg. Abolishing copyright wouldn't accomplish our goals. What we need to do is look much more closely at the parameters and decide what would best protect the interests of both authors and the general public." Further on, Russell McOrmond asks some interesting questions and offers his perspective on them.