"In an e-mail message sent to various mailing lists, Mr Richard Stallman argued: "A patented standard for software is worse than no standard, because it functions to augment the patent holder's stranglehold over society. What everyone ought to do is resist it. As long as the IETF allows patented standards for software, anyone can argue about any proposed patented standard that it important enough to excuse the patent. Others can argue that it is not, but since that is a question of judgment, the conclusion is never inevitable. So the risk is always broader than it might appear." Obviously Mr Stallman and, with him FSF, are launching an attempt to use the particular Draft standard at stake as a vehicle for launching a broader political debate on CII patenting in the wider context of the IETF."