Re: polarization

On ven, 03 nov 2000 07:53:37 Bruce Perens wrote:
> Warning: apocalyptic prediction ahead: Some day, a number of corporations
> band together and attempt to enforce a collection of patents against free
> software in an organized manner. They will portray us as IP thieves. They
> have ties to our corporate friends that our friends won't be able to ignore.
> Don't we want to have a war-chest for that day?
> And we haven't even touched on what could happen in legislatures, rather
> the courts. We are getting big enough that we've become a target for
> legislation sponsored by proprietary software manufacturers.

Bruce, your horror stories seem so ... realistic.
I'm affraid they're just plain anticipation, not fiction.


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