Several months ago we mentioned Microsoft's apparent misconduct in Colombia. In short, the company made itself a majority voter on the issue of OOXML. It ‘hijacked’ the elections. Here is another curious new bit which comes from Colombia:
The first morning saw heated debate between the panel and the audience, specially after the Communications Minister defended software patents as a way of helping young entrepreneurs get financial support for their projects.
Having seen strong evidence of influence in governments, this is particularly interesting. We have already seen Bill Gates blackmailing Denmark for software patents. One has to look more closely to find out who is having supper with who else.
In other related news, the FSF has required legal clarifications that reduce or altogether eliminate a possible ambiguity. Here it is:
Earlier this week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released a document that explains and clarifies the meaning of the term “Program” in the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).
A clarification has already been posted publicly in the FSF’s Web site. The FSF will also hold an Associate Members Meeting quite shortly.
Come join the Free Software Foundation leadership and staff for a day of presentations and conversations!