[ILUG] patents again
mccarthyjames at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 11:23:09 IST 2005
you might try to put it to him in such a way as it's to his personal
benefit to oppose software patents, do that and he'll find an official
reason to oppose them himself.
....... so..., how would software patents hurt his career in the near term...?
On 4/26/05, Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net> wrote:
> What you need to demonstrate to Mr. Crowley is that software patents
> will be bad for our economy, will decrease our international
> competitiveness and utimately cost our country jobs. When convincing
> numbers on those fronts exist, there's a chance of swinging his vote.
> As I've said here before, I think the sad truth of it is what while
> Software patents are economically bad for Europe, they are economically
> good for Ireland, since a large part of our economy is based on the
> encumbant patent-holders, and incentivising them.
> Software patents will help those companies shut down competition in the
> other european countries, and ultimately probably will benefit our
> economy - in the short to medium term anyway. Our politicians know this,
> they arn't stupid.
> Of course patents are *terrible* from the consumer and coder points of
> view, and I remain complete opposed to patents, but it's always good to
> be realistic about what you're up against.
> > There's a big difference between saying "I won't vote for you if your
> > policies are 'blah'" then there is in saying "Dear blah, if you don't
> > change your policies, you'll force, me and all my friends to campaign
> > *against* you, the next time you come up for election".
> Not a hope of success on that front.
> Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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