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Fwd: Open letter against introduction of RAND patent policy in OASIS
- To: General Arabization Discussion <general at arabeyes dot org>
- Subject: Fwd: Open letter against introduction of RAND patent policy in OASIS
- From: Maja van der Velden <maja at xs4all dot nl>
- Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 21:34:21 +0100
Begin forwarded message:
A Call to Action in OASIS
The free and open source software community has long demanded that
standards be freely available to all to implement without patent or
licensing encumbrances. Open standards are essential for free software
open source to thrive.
Now OASIS, a major industry consortium that produces e-business and Web
services standards, has adopted a patent policy that threatens to
our development and licensing model. This patent policy (available,
together with other unrelated legal issues, in
be based upon so-called "reasonable and non-discriminatory" patent
terms--terms which invariably and unreasonably discriminate against open
source and free software to the point of prohibiting them entirely. It
lead to the adoption of standards that cannot be implemented in open
and free software, that cannot be distributed under our licenses. While
policy includes a provision for royalty-free standards, it is a
option, which will have little effect if a few OASIS members with
ensure it is not used. The OASIS patent policy will encourage large
holders to negotiate private arrangements among themselves, locking out
free software and open source developers.
This is not a new issue for us. We fought hard for a royalty-free patent
policy in W3C and encouraged that standards organization to commit its
members to open standards. But some W3C member companies, steadfast
of software freedom, moved their efforts to OASIS. Without consulting
free software/open source community, they produced a patent policy
so that we cannot live with it.
We ask you to stand with us in opposition to the OASIS patent policy.
implement OASIS standards that aren't open. Demand that OASIS revise its
policies. If you are an OASIS member, do not participate in any working
that allows encumbered standards that cannot be implemented in open
and free software.
Please send email to open at rosenlaw.com to indicate your support. We
forward your comments to the proper authorities at OASIS.
If we stand united in opposition to this unacceptable patent policy, we
persuade OASIS to change it.
Guido van Rossum
Organization: projekt at oekonux dot de
Maja van der Velden