Stupid software patents! Gar gar gar! Aren't you sick of
the bullshit!? I know I am. So let's get one of OUR SIDE
onto the government's Patent Advisory Committee.
Hey, freedom-loving citizen! While you sleep, software patents are stomping all
over your freedom to write, use, and share software. Companies that hold
patents are crunching down on Free Software and end-user usage of common
Internet file formats like MP3 and GIF. Not to
mention the heinous misuse of software patents by Web companies like Amazon to
stifle competition and prevent innovation. Gar gar gar!
Even though there's been lots of clamor, the Patent Office has been pretty much
deaf to the cries of freedom-lovers everywhere. Enough! I say. It's time we got
one of our own into the thick of things.
It turns out that there's a Patent Advisory Committee at the USPTO. The
nominations are open to the public, which means with a little organizing we
could get someone friendly to the cause into one of the seats. IMAGINE THAT! A
man (or woman) on the inside, sitting at the meetings where patent decisions
are made. We have a chance to appoint a Freedom Fighter to the federal Star
Chamber, and stop the hemorraghing of software patents into the world!
The link below is to a document specifying how to nominate someone for the job.
I dunno about you, but a simple EMAIL seems like a particularly easy way to do
it. All you have to do is send email to email@example.com with
the following information:
Name of the nominee
Brief description of their
Resume (URL or text)
That's it! Two minutes! There are any number of people who would be good for
the job; some folks who have been particularly vocal about software patents and
freedom include the following:
Marti, king of Burn All Gifs and patent agitator
extraordinaire. His resume is here.
If you're a friend of freedom, you NEED to take this opportunity to nominate
freedom-friendly people to the Patent Advisory Committee. You need to act NOW,
though, because nominations close on Friday, 4/28/2000. That's this
FRIDAY! So go there, spend a couple of minutes composing an email, and strike a
blow for Freedom!