BSA Sends Ridiculously Bogus Letter To European Commission
from the the-lies-the-bsa-tells dept
The latest is equally as ridiculous and makes the BSA look even more uninformed than usual. As a whole bunch of you have sent in, the BSA apparently sent the European Commission a letter, objecting to the proposed "European Interoperability Framework for European Public Services." You can read the letter below:
The BSA argues that "[m]any of today's most widely-deployed open specifications incorporate patented innovations that were invented by commercial firms...including WiFi, GSM , and MPEG."It really does make you wonder why anyone takes the BSA seriously these days, as it's even more ridiculous and unbelievable than your average protectionist industry trade association. What's amazing is that the folks at the BSA actually think such buffoonery is a good idea, when all it's really continued to do is sap the organization of pretty much any credibility.
This is an attempt to create a false dichotomy between "commercial" companies inventing patented technology, in contrast to "non-commercial" inventions which are not patented. In reality a great wealth of unpatented modern technology originating in commercial companies constitute globally implemented standards (such as HTML5), whilst continuing to provide their creators with revenue. There is no such divide, either economical or ideological, between hardware and software technologies which are patented, and those which are not. Yet the BSA divisively implies there is a difference between conventional and accepted business methods, which they associate with patents, and un-businesslike non-commercial organisations, which they associate with patent-free technology. Given the increasing prevalence of Free Software in Europe's IT service market, such a claim is plainly false.