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Community Leaders Call for OASIS Boycott

Feb 22, 2005, 19:45 (7 Talkback[s])

gmane: A Call to Action in OASIS

"The free and open source software community has long demanded that industry standards be freely available to all to implement without patent or other licensing encumbrances. Open standards are essential for free software and open source to thrive.

"Now OASIS, a major industry consortium that produces e-business and Web services standards, has adopted a patent policy that threatens to undermine our development and licensing model..."

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CNET News: OASIS Patent Policy Sparks Boycott

"A who's who of the open-source movement on Tuesday took aim at a leading Web services standards group, escalating pressure for mandatory royalty-free licensing policies with calls for a boycott of its specifications.

"Open-source advocates including Lawrence Rosen, Bruce Perens, Lawrence Lessig, Tim O'Reilly, Mitchell Kapor, Eric Raymond and Doc Searls, as well as Richard Stallman, founder of the free-software movement, signed an e-mail urging supporters of open-source software not to implement certain specifications sent out by OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)..."

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