Hallo folks,

did you notice, that gimp is infringing the patents US-546528 and its 
EU pandant EU-689133 ? The owner Adobe is known to act with thuggery 
against everyone who may hurt the business interests, as the Sklyarov 
case clearly showed.

The more Gimp is becoming a competitor against Adobe products, the 
more the possibility raises, that Adobe attacks the Gimp project 
and its developers.

Details on the monopoly claims: 
    
    http://swpat.ffii.org/patente/wirkungen/palette/index.en.html

Today such monopolies on thoughts in form of software patents are 
illegal, but this didn't impede the EPO to grant more than 30.000
software patents - AGAINST THE JURISPRUDENTION. 

But the European Commission is fighting very hard to convert the 
illegal practice to law - ignoring the clear votum of the democratic
elected European Parlament - and so not just extremly endangering 
the european IT industry, also negating the principles of 
intellectual freedom and democracy.

Not just every developer, every human, is called for acting now 
and helping us to save our rights and prevent a new form of 
feudalism raising up in Europa!


    http://swpat.ffii.org/
    http://petition.eurolinux.org/
    

Greets,
-- 
e.weigelt, ceo
metux IT service -- http://www.metux.de/

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