A comment on the RedHat OSIndia blog tell us that software patents are on a way to be legalised in India. Microsoft, Infosys, Symantec and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (nice name :-)) were pushing for software patents at a recent meeting at the Indian Patent Office in Mumbai. RedHat was "shot down" at the meeting:
Infosys was there and pushing for software patents. They are totally against the open source and free software.
Symantec was there and also pushed for software patents.
Microsoft was there.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was also pushing for software patents.
There will be more meetings to discuss the software patents issues specifically. Please post on LUG if you come to know the meeting dates. Also they said that they need strong arguments for this - means - it will pass if there is no strong opposition.
You can email them your stand. that will be counted valid. Please do so at the earliest.
They will finalize the draft by this year end at all cost. It looked like they have already decided to pass it (unless there is a large opposition)
We need to take out morchas and strongly oppose it.
They shot down Redhat at the meeting. Their argument of inflation was very weak.
(Just a speculation…MS has paid them a bucket loads of $$ to pass this… reminds me of OOXML-ISO fiasco)
Good luck - you will need a real big and hard opposition to stop it this time.
Interesting times ahead …