☞ Official Paperwork
By webmink on Oct 06, 2009
Another "friend of the court" filing in the US Supreme Court in the reconsideration of the case law that makes software patents viable in the US. In this filing, the Free Software Foundation argues that "The Country Needs and Relies on FOSS". Let's hope the good sense in these filing together with a very recent "visual aid" of the harm software patents can do sways the court to uphold the rejection of the finding in re Bilski.
It's been my privilege throughout my career to be supported by the most excellent publicists, especially in the IBM Java days (hi, Judy & Megan!) Ever since I started handling open source at Sun I've had the most tremendous support from Terri Molini and she deeply deserves this industry recognition. Congratulations, Terri!
No doubt with an eye on the ticking clock that is the Supreme Court reconsideration of Bilski. I'll not be commenting specifically since Sun is one of the targets.
I was surprised to hear about this when it cropped up recently at an OSI Board meeting I was observing. It reflects a desperate need for reform at OSI, which needs to become a representative organisation with diverse membership from the whole free software ecosystem and with a mission far beyond just licenses.