[fosscomm] Help required to form FOSSCOM as an alternate Industry and Civil Society body to NASSCOM
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Wed Jul 8 04:26:05 PDT 2009
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM, Venkatesh Hariharan<venkyh at gmail.com> wrote:
> Both Jaijit and I have basically said the same thing. That including
> royalty-based standards and multiple standards for the same domain
> will lead to virtually scuttling the open standards policy.
> "Multiple standards" is like saying, "Drivers have the right to choose
> which side of the road they drive on." Using royalty-based standards
> is like saying, "I agree to pay a few paise in royalties for using a
> standard (weights) every time I buy vegetables from the market."
> Both our letters are online and on this list. My blog post on this is at:
> We can send a reworded draft keeping the social justice and equity
> aspects to the government. However, I am not sure if we can get a seat
> on this table at this late stage.
I'd request a couple of things:
 A single page along with a download-ready and print-ready version
of the FOSSCOM stance on this issue. I realize that it might be
difficult given the legal existence of FOSSCOM. However, it is good to
 Download-ready and, print-ready versions of all the mails sent by
companies till now linked from the FOSSCOM wiki
 A statement for the media which can be referenced along with any
 A synchronized way to blog/micro-blog this so as to garner a
substantial number of support
If the ODF fight did teach something it was it is never too much to
talk about the issue when you know you are right.
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