Response from M-Systems
rms at gnu.org
Mon Jul 12 16:07:22 EDT 1999
> The lawyer told me that licensing the distribution of a program
> automatically licenses users to run it. I was relieved.
That seems very strange to me - I'd be very interested to know why he believes
Lots of things in the law seem strange to non-lawyers.
His answer was a (pleasant) surprise to me, too.
What I'm trying to say is that software patents are a local issue.
Local to the United States, the UK, Japan, and maybe a year from now
all of Europe. It is rather callous to dismiss such a large part of
the computer-using world as "local".
We can offer a company like M-systems certain kinds of cooperation
if they cooperate with our community; we can offer this cooperation
in the context of our relationship with them specifically.
But we cannot make basic global decisions for the sake of
our relationship with one company.
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