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Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and together?

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Here's the article recently written by Richard M. Stallman, the leader of the free software movement about fighting software patents:

How to fight software patents - singly and together

He nicely describes software patents as mines in a minefield because you'll never know if an idea you have is already patented, if it is, mine exploded and destroyed your project.
We should fight it, i suggest that you read the article.

Feel free to comment here.
Thank you
Daniel

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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and

For once I agree with RMS Laughing .

I'm looking for a small "no to software patents" graphic to put in the footer of all pages of my website. (similiar to w3c valid html, valid css buttons).
I have seen a few banners but they all are BIIIIIIG or advertise an organization or event instead of a general dislike of software patents.

Maybe we (libervis members) should create one? It could link to a page at libervis that in turn lists all those organizations and events fighting software patents.

Also, software patents are a very important issue with software freedom. Shouldn't there be a separate forum at libervis to talk about software patents?

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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and

Of course the image should not be a gif... ;-)

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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and

PK, you're the man! Laughing

That's exactly what we should do, i'll start working on it ASAP. I may create a few antipatent png's and jpg's and post it here for review so we can decide on more. I hope more people will jump in to support this. :-)

Thank you for the great suggestion PK, and overall, thank you for your active participation on this forum, you help possibly more than you realize. If you continue i'll have to name you a "special member" of some kind, i had that idea to symbolicaly reward users such as yourself as honoured or special members :-)

What do you think?
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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and
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Of course the image should not be a gif

Haven't you heard? The GIF patent expired after 20 years that was in use! Check this news...

But still, it seems IBM is holding the patent in some countries

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If you continue i'll have to name you a "special member" of some kind, i had that idea to symbolicaly reward users such as yourself as honoured or special members :-)

What do you think?

"Village idiot" would be a great title Laughing

But seriously, "honoured member" would be too much. Just the word "special" (without "member") would be nice though, especially because of the multiple meanings.

I would have created a "no patents" graphic myself if I had better gimp skills.

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Haven't you heard?

I did.

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But still, it seems IBM is holding the patent in some countries

Exactly. There's internet in those countries too, you know.

By the way, I remember something about a JPEG patent... Confused

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"Village idiot" would be a great title

But seriously, "honoured member" would be too much. Just the word "special" (without "member") would be nice though, especially because of the multiple meanings.

Laughing Well, "village idiot" is not really a positive label for a good and active member of a community, isn't it. Wink

Maybe special is the best word then, i'll see what i can do to put the label in your infor on the left.. And you already made it to be a "liber-visionary" with two stars... :-) Of course, in the future, the "special member" label would be harder to get as the site will grow and evolve.. That is why now, you early members have an advantage.

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Haven't you heard?

I did.

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But still, it seems IBM is holding the patent in some countries

Exactly. There's internet in those countries too, you know.

By the way, I remember something about a JPEG patent... Confused

I won't touch gif for the time being. There are only possibility for gifs in the banner rotations on top of the site, but that's something that is often out of my control.
I haven't heard of jpeg patent however, but i should check on it and let you know. I always prefer the free PNG, but it seems like JPEG optimizes for performance better. We'll see.

By the way.. i already made some anti software patents banners, some my originals and some as derivates from existing ones from here, everybody has the permission to use them so i used that freedom to create more acceptable banner formated images.. I'll do other formats like buttons or if anybody wishes, skyscrapers.

The libervis software patent page is on the way..
I also think of making a contest for banner and button designs where the winner or the first three will get the free e-mail addres @libervis.com and a free subdomain someone.libervis.com.

Stay tuned!
Daniel :-)

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I suppose i have the permission to put it on the no patents page on this site.

But of course you have! Just don't tell anyone I made that ugly little thing. Even I am supposed to have better gimp skills...

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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and

there's a small ugly "stop software patents" graphic on my website ( http://nunogwitter.tk ). Everyone is free to use it. It's not patented Smiling

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Re: Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents - singly and

Thanks TB.

I suppose i have the permission to put it on the no patents page on this site.

However, i will make more small buttons for this purpose. And i didn't forget about the contest, i'm only waiting for some more people on this forum. I'd rather get wiki going first and solve some existing problems and then we're going further..

Thank you
Daniel

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