"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..."
"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