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sendmail.net: Stallman: Boycott Amazon

Dec 15, 1999, 18:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"Richard Stallman's presentation today at The Bazaar, an open source conference being held in New York City, included a call to steer clear of Amazon.com, at least when it comes to sending revenue their way. Will the boycott call mean no presents under Jeff Bezos' tree? Probably not. Still, the lump of coal Stallman dished up didn't just have Amazon's name on it. Here's what Stallman had to say about the evils wrought by patents in the software industry."

"Software patents are among the biggest dangers to our community. Software patents are dangerous even to the software privateers, the ones who try to privatize software by making it non-free. The thing is that programs are very complicated, big things, and that means there's lots of stuff in them that could infringe somebody else's patent. Developing a big program is like crossing a minefield: with each step, you may step on a patent that will blow up and destroy your whole project. Considering how many steps you have to take to get across, the chances of getting through unscathed are pretty slim."

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