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EU survey on Free Software and standards: make your voice heard!

Free Software Foundation Europe is calling on European Free Software
businesses to participate in a survey regardingg business attitudes
towards the acceptability of including patents in standards.
The Free Software Foundation Europe is calling on European Free Software
businesses to participate in a survey of business attitudes
towards the acceptability of including patents in industry standards.
This survey [ http://projects.isi.tu-berlin.de/ipr/eso/survey.php] is
a key component of the study that will play the major role in the
EC's reform of standardisation policy. It is open until September 17.
The survey [http://projects.isi.tu-berlin.de/ipr/eso/survey.php] is
a key component of a study that will play the major role in the
EC's reform of standardisation policy. It is open for submissions until
September 17.
A major theme in the survey is whether patents that are included in
standards should be licensed royalty-free (the W3C [fn:1] takes this
approach), or whether they should be licensed under so-called
A major theme in the survey is whether patents that cover standards
should be licensed royalty-free (the W3C [fn:1] takes this
approach), or whether they should instead be licensed under so-called
"fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms" (FRAND) [fn:2].
FRAND is a misnomer as the terms are neither fair nor reasonable, nor
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impossible to distribute a program as Free Software - an obvious
nonsense."
A second theme in the survey is the question which standardisation
A second theme in the survey is the question of which standardisation
organisations should receive official recognition. Should only those
standards that come out of organisations like ISO be recognised, or
should governments also accept standards that come out of industry

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