Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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RE: Just curious...
by andydread on Sun 14th Mar 2010 05:37 UTC in reply to "Just curious..."
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While everyone here is so quick to judge Obama over this. I'm curious to know...

Has Obama actually been informed/made aware of *our* side on the matter of patents and their incompatibility with innovation in software? Obama may be younger than McCain or past presidents, but I would argue that most Americans---young and old---who are outside of the /., OSNews, FOSS communities haven't really taken the time to empower themselves with critical thought or even heard our perspective at all!

Perhaps we've just been too passive in getting the message out...? I mean, we actually have any organizations known to the layperson that actively promote the awareness over the true harm that software patents create?

The RIAA/MPAA/etc. organizations make their presence and perspectives well-known with truckloads of cash, legal threats, and propaganda. What do we do? Have a 'town hall' hosted by some professor at Harvard? Is that it?

We don't even have a formal grass roots campaign organized to GET THE WORD out... so maybe it's partly our fault. We speak strongly in these obscure threads, but we take no message to capital hill; no organizing; no strategizing.

Excellent suggesction actually. There needs to be a way to get our collective voices heard. I don't know a petition mayby?

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