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Get the word out, the general public needs to be concerned about this!!
Here's what I told my Government representatives and about 25 newspapers recently:
Dear Government Representative,
As a registered voter in your district, a technology professional, a
GNU/Linux/FOSS enthusiast user/enthusiast, and free American, I'm
writing to let you know that I would like for you to take immediate
action in government to correct our current Software Patent System to
prevent profiteering companies and lawyers from obtaining and abusing
patents purely for monetary profit through frivolous lawsuits and
restriction of Free software. See
previously stated problem.
1.) Our patent system MUST serve and promote the ideal of Free
Software (Free as in Free Speech or as in Freedom of Humanity). See
2.) Software patents should serve to make better software products for
use by all humankind, promote competition, enhance software
innovation, promote freedom of use and sharing of software, and serve
to move us into the future of technology. The Linux operating system
is a fine model for all of the previously mentioned items. See
http://www.linux.org/ for more information. Linux is a FREEDOM and
must not be abused by "Corporate America"!!
3.) Software has effected our lives in ways that are similar to
mathematics, or water. In this view, commonly used software should be
kept freely available to everyone in the nation as it is crucial to
the well being of the people and is part of our country's
infrastructure. Other countries are embracing this idea and moving
ahead of us in the technological realm. See
4.) The GNU/Linux operating system with its tens of thousands of free
software packages available for all types of people around the globe
MUST become a protected resource as many thousands of students,
professionals, Scientists, organizations, and even whole nations rely
on this software to move them into the future with technology. My Son
attends a school that uses "Edubuntu Linux" in the library, this helps
to give my son the edge in technology. See
country, therefore it makes sense that we are allowed to use software
that has "Freedom" as its base idea.
5.) Monopolistic practices by market-share leaders to thwart healthy
competition MUST be dealt with per the current laws and our
Constitution! People everywhere and especially our Government should
place the work they do into an open-source format so that no private
company can restrict access to information that MUST be kept available
and accessible far into the future.Please do not allow profits and
lobbying to blind us to what is required and fair. See
for more information.
Please act immediately to reform the Patent System in terms of the
support of Free and human-serving software!
Our future as technologically enabled humans depends on you!
Mr. Shannon VanWagner