Software patent protest, could kde participate ?

Christophe Devriese oelewapperke at
Sat Aug 23 13:41:13 BST 2003

On Friday 22 August 2003 20:34, Rob Kaper wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 05:50:17PM +0200, Christophe Devriese wrote:
> > I think this really matters to kde, as sooner or later software patents
> > will be used against kde. We should do what we can to support this
> > demonstration.
> Right. I think we should immediately cancel the KDE Contributors Conference
> and all go to Brussels. ;-)
> Rob

It's not really about getting all kde developers to brussels, but to draw 
attention to the protest. Attention is the only thing that might prevent this 

I don't think we can afford to let this happen. If software patents are 
approved, and someone attacks kde, kde will have no means of defending itself 
(successful defense against a patent lawsuit means getting the patent 
invalidated, estimated legal cost : 500.000 euro (because they will appeal 
right up to the superior court) per patent.


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