Key Issues

Red Hat is interested in trade, patent and copyright legislation, policy and procurement policies. We do not favor mandating the use of a particular kind of technology (this is not keeping in the spirit of open source). We advocate for sound and balanced purchasing practices by governmental agencies. We believe in a sane patent and copyright system that does not artificially bar innovation, or restrict fair use.

Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA, H.R. 107)

This measure is proposed by Representatives Rick Boucher and John Doolittle. If enacted it would require labeling requirements for usage-impaired "copy-protected" compact discs. It would also amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to allow circumvention of copy protection for non-infringing uses of the material (e.g. playing a legally purchased DVD on Linux).

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EU Patents

The European Patent Office has granted 30000 software related patents in a few years, and special interests are lobbying to write this practice into law. This has the unintentional consequence of rendering software copyrights useless. Patents are broad, and can be applied beyond the scope of the original invention. A programmer need not know they have inadvertently infringed on a dozen patents to be sued. Neither do users of his program.

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