Trivial patents *not the problem* (was: Re: [ILUG] Re: ILUG sends
s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs)
ciaran at member.fsf.org
Mon Mar 21 14:51:13 GMT 2005
"Barry O'Donovan" <mail at barryodonovan.com> writes:
> On Monday 21 March 2005 14:02, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> > we can do without software hobbyists in favour of greater employment
> > (say) ?
(note: hobbyists might have been the easiest to attack of my four examples,
but I didn't make any argument based solely or mostly due to hobbyists)
> Are we not the (or at least one of) the biggest software exporters in the
'fraid not. Most college IT course prospectives will say we are, but as
a programmer looking for a work I never found the entrance to the secret
underground caves packed with paid programmers.
Ireland's a tax haven, we charge no tax on copyright royalties (or something
like that), so a lot of multinationals (and musicians), set up a base of any
size here and filter their releases though their Irish branch.
Have you signed up to help FSF Europe yet? http://www.fsfe.org/
More information about the ILUG