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UNDER CONSTRUCTION ~+'''[[Persbericht Boycot Trend Micro|NL]] | [[Communiqué de Presse Boycotter Trend Micro|FR]]'''+~
== Press Release ScriptumLibre, Februari 8, 2008 ==
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== Persbericht ScriptumLibre / Vrijschrift, 6 februari 2008 == = ScriptumLibre.org calls for boycott of Trend Micro =
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== Press Release ScriptumLibre, Februari 6, 2008 == WORKUM, The Netherlands -- Friday, February 8, 2008 -- The !ScriptumLibre.org Foundation issued a call today for a worldwide boycott on Trend Micro products. The call comes as a response to the public announcement on January 29th that a lawsuit was filed by Trend Micro in November 2007, which claims that software-security company Barracuda Networks is infringing its U.S.-patent on software that filters out viruses on Internet gateway computers. The claim targets the free and open source (FOSS) software program ClamAV (Clam !AntiVirus), and demands that Barracuda either cease distributing it with their web filtering hardware and other products, or pay Trend Micro a licensing fee.
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= Wereldwijde boycott van antivirusontwikkelaar Trend Micro = Software vendors that hold software patents tend to wage a "cold war" amongst each other, collecting patents and holding on to them for defensive purposes. Rarely are suits filed against one another aggressively. !ScriptumLibre's chairman Wiebe van der Worp claims Trend Micro's aggressive use of litigation to be "well beyond the borders of decency," and points to the company's past history of "extorting organizations such as Symantec and !McAfee with similar threats of litigation." However, there are deeper concerns echoed by van der Worp, and others, in the threats this lawsuit holds toward others in the FOSS community. Recognizing this threat, Barracuda CEO, Dean Drako, in a statement to the FOSS community, writes, "Trend Micro’s actions illustrate that ClamAV and other open source projects remain vulnerable to commercial patent holders attempting to unjustly hinder the free and open source community."
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= Worldwide boycott of anti virus developer Trend Micro = As a result, many in the community are banding together, and offering support towards Barracuda, such as Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center, who has stated that the "Collective defense from software patents is a shared responsibility for everyone in the free software ecosystem." !ScriptumLibre feels that the patent system is fundamentally broken. But even though the system is broken, this does not mean that companies should be held blameless for abusing that system.The foundation therefore urges the entire IT community, including both the proprietary and FOSS communities, to boycott Trend Micro products.
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Vrijschrift roept op tot een wereldwijde boycott van Trend Micro na de juridische aanval op Barracuda Networks met een software-patent. == About ScriptumLibre ==
!ScriptumLibre.org Foundation is the international branch of the Dutch "Stichting Vrijschrift.org". !ScriptumLibre creates awareness about the economic and social meaning of free knowledge and culture for our society. The foundation was involved in the successful campaign to keep software patents out of the European Union.
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Barracuda Networks levert kant en klare beveiligingsoplossingen voor bedrijven en gebruikt voor het scannen van virussen ClamAV antivirussoftware. Trend Micro eist dat ClamAV niet meer geleverd wordt of dat er betaald wordt. Dit impliceert dat Trend Micro stelt dat alle gebruikers die ClamAV gebruiken inbreuk maken op het bewuste patent. == Links and Attachments ==
 * Boycott web page with information, banners and cartoons: http://www.scriptumlibre.org/Boycott_Trend_Micro
 * Barracuda Networks call for help: http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/legal/
 * Cartoon as line art in pdf-format
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Een algemeen probleem met software-patenten is dat ze vaak een te breed technisch gebied monopoliseren en dat ze vrijwel altijd triviaal zijn. In dit geval gaat het om het concept van scannen van virussen op de poorten, iets uitermate voor de hand liggends wat iedere virusscanner doet. Normaal worden software-patenten defensief gebruikt maar Trend Micro gebruikt het op aggresieve wijze en heeft in het verleden diverse organisaties waaronder Symantec en McAffee afgeperst en nu dus ook gebruikers.

Voor Vrijschrift is dit voldoende reden om een boycott af te roepen over Trend Micro. Vrijschrift-voorzitter Wiebe van der Worp: "Trend Micro gaat op een walgelijke wijze ver over de grenzen van fatsoen. Het is absoluut onaanvaardbaar wat hier gebeurt, het Amerikaanse rechtssysteem wordt gewoon misbruikt door op een laffe manier eindgebruikers te beschuldigen en dit moet afgestraft worden. Dit mag geen tendens worden." Om de boycott kracht bij te zetten heeft Vrijschrift op haar site banners beschikbaar gesteld.

== Bijlagen en links ==

* http://www.vrijeschoolboeken.nl/ en http://www.vrijeschoolboeken.nl/Geen_gratis_maar_vrije_schoolboeken (pdf-bestand bijgesloten)

** http://www.raadvanstate.nl/agenda/mededelingen/?status=dag&datum_dag=24&datum_maand=1&datum_jaar=2008
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Wiebe van der Worp, chairman !ScriptumLibre, wiebe at vrijschrift.org tel.: +31 6 455 939 82
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Wiebe van der Worp, voorzitter Vrijschrift
wiebe at vrijschrift.org
tel.: 06 455 939 82
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Press Release ScriptumLibre, Februari 8, 2008

ScriptumLibre.org calls for boycott of Trend Micro

WORKUM, The Netherlands -- Friday, February 8, 2008 -- The ScriptumLibre.org Foundation issued a call today for a worldwide boycott on Trend Micro products. The call comes as a response to the public announcement on January 29th that a lawsuit was filed by Trend Micro in November 2007, which claims that software-security company Barracuda Networks is infringing its U.S.-patent on software that filters out viruses on Internet gateway computers. The claim targets the free and open source (FOSS) software program ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus), and demands that Barracuda either cease distributing it with their web filtering hardware and other products, or pay Trend Micro a licensing fee.

Software vendors that hold software patents tend to wage a "cold war" amongst each other, collecting patents and holding on to them for defensive purposes. Rarely are suits filed against one another aggressively. ScriptumLibre's chairman Wiebe van der Worp claims Trend Micro's aggressive use of litigation to be "well beyond the borders of decency," and points to the company's past history of "extorting organizations such as Symantec and McAfee with similar threats of litigation." However, there are deeper concerns echoed by van der Worp, and others, in the threats this lawsuit holds toward others in the FOSS community. Recognizing this threat, Barracuda CEO, Dean Drako, in a statement to the FOSS community, writes, "Trend Micro’s actions illustrate that ClamAV and other open source projects remain vulnerable to commercial patent holders attempting to unjustly hinder the free and open source community."

As a result, many in the community are banding together, and offering support towards Barracuda, such as Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center, who has stated that the "Collective defense from software patents is a shared responsibility for everyone in the free software ecosystem." ScriptumLibre feels that the patent system is fundamentally broken. But even though the system is broken, this does not mean that companies should be held blameless for abusing that system.The foundation therefore urges the entire IT community, including both the proprietary and FOSS communities, to boycott Trend Micro products.

About ScriptumLibre

ScriptumLibre.org Foundation is the international branch of the Dutch "Stichting Vrijschrift.org". ScriptumLibre creates awareness about the economic and social meaning of free knowledge and culture for our society. The foundation was involved in the successful campaign to keep software patents out of the European Union.

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Wiebe van der Worp, chairman ScriptumLibre, wiebe at vrijschrift.org tel.: +31 6 455 939 82

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