Correspondence

A common task IFSO undertakes is informing people, especially politicians, about issues relating to Free Software. We list the letters we have sent on this page.

2008-April-22 - an IFSO member sends an FOI request to the NSAI
We were disappointed that the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) reversed its decision on OOXML, given that only minor changes had been made to the standard. A FOI (Freedom of Information) request should give us some insight. Noted here because it may be of interest to IFSO members.
2008-March-11 - IFSO writes again to the NSAI regarding the proposed OOXML standard
ISO/IEC DIS 29500: OOXML is a proposal by Microsoft to standardize document formats. The proposal is riddled with technical flaws and proprietary lock-ins. This letter, sent following the 2008 Ballot Resolution Meeting, urges NSAI to vote against the proposal.
2007-July-10 - IFSO writes again to the NSAI regarding the proposed OOXML standard
ISO/IEC DIS 29500: OOXML is a proposal by Microsoft to standardize document formats. The proposal is riddled with technical flaws and proprietary lock-ins. This letter urges NSAI to vote against the proposal.
2007-April-20 - IFSO writes to MEPs about IPRED2 (the "criminalisation" directive)
The directive Com(2006)168 "on criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights" had serious ambiguities. We asked MEPs to reject it, or follow FFII's recommendations on amendments.
2007-February-01 - IFSO points out contradictions between Microsoft's ISO application and existing ISO standards
Microsoft had applied for their word processor format to be approved as an ISO standard by a fast-track procedure. IFSO wrote to the National Standards Authority of Ireland. Microsoft's application for a fast-track procedure was later rejected on February 6th.
2005-March-04 - IFSO calls on Micheál Martin to object to the Software Patents Directive in the Competitiveness Council
There was no qualified majority to justify the directive's presense on the list of A-items.
2005-February-16 - Request for McCreevy to support restart
We ask Commissioner McCreevy to honour JURI's request for a restart.
2005-January-28 - Request for a restart of the Patents Directive (pdf)
Sent to Ireland's MEP on the JURI committee
2005-January-21 - IFSO requests that the Agriculture Council object to the Software Patents Directive
The Software Patents directive was being tabled as an "A-item" on the Agriculture Council.
2004-May-14 - IFSO's submission to the Copyright Consultation
We point out that decompilation is essential to interoperability and request that explicit exceptions to the protections of technological measures be added.
2004-May-14 - Software Patents letter to Irish Competitiveness Council
IFSO requests that Mary Harney push to uphold the decision of Irelands MEPs and the European Parliament
2004-February - IFSO letter to Mary Harney, relating to the IPRE directive (pdf)
The Directive on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights threatens to stifle competition in Europe
2003-December-12 - EUCD / InfoSoc comments (pdf)
Comments on the draft of the Irish implementation of EUCD
2003-September-22 - Pre Vote (pdf)
The second letter sent by IFSO to the MEPs of Ireland and the UK, specifying which amendments should be accepted and rejected for the proposed directive.
2003-September-01 - Dear MEP (pdf)
The first letter sent by IFSO to the MEPs of Ireland and the UK, describing the problems of software patents.