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Bilski and Patent Absurdity

by peterb Contributions Published on May 24, 2010 09:49 AM
Who should see the documentary film Patent Absurdity?

In the month since its release, the Free Software Foundation funded documentary film about software patents and the Bilski case, Patent Absurdity, has been viewed more than 100,000 times.  But are the people we most want to influence in the debate seeing it?

The End Software Patents campaign is looking to identify the 200 people who are most influential to the software patent debate in the US, and are working with the well known venture capitalist and anti-software patent blogger Brad Feld to send a copy of the documentary film to them in the postal mail.

End Software Patents director, Ciaran O'Riordan said, "We’re looking for the key people in US patent politics, the software patent critics inside the big companies, the professors who support patents but might see why software doesn’t fit that system, and anyone else that might consider giving our position some support when the post-Bilski debate erupts."

Today is one of only six remaining dates favored for the release of Supreme Court's ruling in Bilski.

Volunteers can add names or comments to the wiki page at: Who should see Patent Absurdity.

Names already listed include:

  • David Kappos, the newly appointed Director of the USPTO.
  • Members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • President Obama and key members of his administration.

Tonight (8pm EST) is also movie night at the Firedoglake Book Salon where you can chat with Ciaran O'Riordan and Patent Absurdity director Luca Lucarini about the movie and next steps in the fight against software patents.

To join the chat, readers will need to register with the site in advance, and refresh their browser on the sites homepage every minute or so to see new comments and questions added.

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