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  4. <title>Nortel patent sale: FSFE defends Free Software, competition</title>
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  7. <h1>Nortel patent sale: FSFE defends Free Software, competition</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Competition authorities in the US and Europe are
  9. currently investigating the sale of 6000 patents from Nortel,
  10. a bankrupt telecommunications equipment manufacturer, to a
  11. consortium of Apple, Microsoft and four other companies.
  12. </p>
  13. <p>
  14. FSFE believes that the acquisition of these patents by those
  15. companies represents a very serious risk to competition in the
  16. mobile technology space, and to Free Software as a whole. Soon
  17. after the sale, we entered into dialogue with the competition
  18. authorities, and in September submitted a <a
  19. href="http://fsfe.org/campaigns/swpat/nortel.en.html">comprehensive
  20. summary of our concerns</a>.
  21. </p>
  22. <p>
  23. "Free Software is crucial to competition, and we are confident
  24. that the authorities will recognise the risk these patents, if
  25. they fall into the wrong hands, may pose to makers of software
  26. everywhere, whether their programs are free or not," says FSFE's
  27. President, Karsten Gerloff.
  28. </p>
  29. <p>
  30. There is little information publicly available on the current status of this case, as the US Department of Justice and the European
  31. Commission continue to closely scrutinise the transaction. FSFE
  32. will continue to follow the situation closely as it evolves, and
  33. will work to defend software freedom at every turn.
  34. </p>
  35. <p>
  36. You can read <a href="http://fsfe.org/campaigns/swpat/nortel.en.html">our submission here</a>.
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