Archive for September, 2008

On behalf of the organizers,
Free Software Users Group- Bangalore
cordially invites you to

The National Public Meeting on Software Patents

2nd Floor, Ecumenical Resource Centre,
United Theological College,
Millers Road, Benson Town.
(Behind Cantonment Railway Station)


Saturday, October 4, 2008


Software patents in India occupy a contentious and indeterminate legal
space. While recent amendments to the Patent Act have sought to bring
our law in conformity with WTO-mandated standards, these amendments have
shied from pronouncing conclusively on the patentability of software.
The result is an equivocation in the law which is being wrestled
aggressively and effectively by corporate interests, patent attorneys
and the Patent Office in favour of granting software patents.  Unheard,
and so unrepresented in this powerful triad are the interests of
millions of citizen-consumers who are either presumed too ignorant to be
credited with a view on the issue, or are presumed to be irrelevant to
the determination of issues which are seen as purely “business” matters
(as opposed to “citizen” matters).

Software is everywhere you look (and many places you never think
of looking). With the explosion of low-cost computing devices (think
mobile phones and iPods), software has leaked out of its traditional
home—the PC—and begun infiltrating various aspects of our lives. From
traffic signals to toilet commodes in some countries, refrigerators to
railway tickets, vacuum cleaners and electronic voting machines, TVs,
refrigerators and electronic pacemakers, inanimate objects of all sizes
are humming to themselves, chattering amongst themselves in an
intricate, highly complex tongue called ‘software’ that few of us can
ever hope to understand. On the impulses of software, we stop or move on
streets, fill up on petrol, and elect governments. Someone’s heart
beats. Someone else receives land records on a village kiosk. Someone is
standing by helplessly for fourteen years (the un-evergreened term of a
patent) because software failed to factor in her disability.

There are big stakes involved in the control of software in an era
when software is becoming increasingly central to the way we humans
organize our lives and inhabit a democracy. At one level this is about
preserving the right of agency and self-direction that citizens have in
their own lives.  At another, it is about the right not to be silenced
when our long-fought democratic republic is at risk of being diminished
by a few lines of software in a machine. Whether or not we are all in
fact capable of deciphering software is inessential. Those of us who are
ought not to be denied the freedom to interrogate, tinker and improve.

Patents have the effect of adding an additional layer of ‘protection’
to already existing copyright protection of software, while
simultaneously overriding the various affordances and safeguards built
into copyright law. For instance, the right of “fair dealing” under
copyright law permits users to examine and modify any software in order
to make it interoperable with other software. This is an extremely
potent right that reasserts our right to intervene in the shaping of our
surroundings. It is also one of the rights that is most imperiled by
software patents.

The present “public hearing” on software patents is an invitation
for dialogue on the various issue surrounding software patents.
Although the Patent Office had scheduled a public consultation on its
Draft Patent Manual to be held in Bangalore in August this year, that
meeting was abruptly cancelled (or postponed indefinitely, or to an
unannounced date—we can’t be sure) without any reasons having been
assigned by the Patent Office.  This signals either of two unpleasant
scenarios: first, the Patent Office is proceeding with its consultations
in an extremely mechanical fashion, not intending inputs received in the
course of these consultations to qualitatively impact their functioning
in any way; or secondly, perhaps the Patent Office underestimates the
amount that citizens living in the IT capital of India might have to say
on the subject of software patents.

It is our attempt in this public hearing to organize the kind of
consultation that the Indian Patent Office ought to have conducted. We
hope also hereby, to serve as a gentle but firm reminder to the Patent
Office that its task is as yet undone.


Presentation on the principles of patent law and
software patents

Sudhir Krishnaswamy
(National Law School)

Prabir Purkayastha
(Delhi Science Forum)

Nagarjuna G.
(Free Software Foundation of India)

Discussion on software patents in the Indian context:
Indian Patent Act, and the draft patent manual

Prashant Iyengar
(Alternative Law Forum)

Venkatesh Hariharan
(Red Hat)

Tea break

Discussion on patents and the development sector
(freedom of speech, open standards, healthcare, biotech, agro-sector,

Sunil Abraham
(Centre for Internet and Society)

Anivar Aravind
(Movingrepublic, FSUG-Bangalore)


Presentation on the software patents that have been
granted so far in India

Pranesh Prakash
(Centre for Internet and Society)

Lunch break

Open House

T. Ramakrishna
(National Law School)

Abhas Abhinav
(DeepRoot Linux)

Joseph Mathew
(Special It advisor, Govt of Kerala)

Sreekanth S. Rameshaiah
(Mahiti Infotech)

Vinay Sreenivasa
(IT for Change)

Any others who wish to speak

Centre for Internet and Society; Free Software Users Group-Bangalore;
Free Software Foundation of India; SPACE; IT for Change; Alternative
Law Forum; Delhi Science Forum; Movingrepublic; Sarai/CSDS; OpenSpace,
; Swathanthra Malayalam Computing; Servelots – Janastu; Mahiti; DeepRoot
Linux; Wiki Ocean; Turtle Linux Lab; Zyxware Technologies; INSAF; Aneka


Anivar Aravind
+91 9449009908

Any responsible politician should be encouraging a home grown Free
Software industry because it creates the basis for future jobs.
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UG Meet on 28th September, 2008

Introduction to C#
Speaker Sahithya, PESIT
Time 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
An opensource Operating System by Microsoft Research
Speaker Sattvik, RNSIT
Time 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Microsoft GTSC Level 3
Embassy Golf Links Business Park
Off. Intermediate Ring Road
Bangalore 560071

For more details call
Lakshman : 9845425867
Raveesh : 9964242292
Feel free to leave queries at

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Khangser Rinpoche to teach on “Healing through loving kindness” at Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore

The power of compassion: Venerable Khangser Rinpoche will teach on how by transforming our minds we can cure ourselves and others from physical and mental diseases, Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, September 28, 2008.

For years by now around the world there has been understanding that our physical and mental illnesses are linked with the state of our minds. If we are happy and contented, if our minds are not tormented by self-doubt, lack of self-confidence, emotional turbulence and stress, we are far more likely to be happy and healthy human beings.

Khangser Rinpoche will explain how by learning truly to love others, by practice of giving we can profoundly transform and heal our minds, our hearts and our bodies. By transforming our minds, through the development of compassion, we can eliminate the ultimate cause of all diseases.

Venerable Bhikshu Khangser Rinpoche at the young age of 31, is already among the foremost Buddhist scholars/practitioners of our time. Rinpoche stands apart in that he has experience in teaching non-Buddhist Indians and Westerners, and is trained in the Old School (Nyingma) and New School (Sarma) traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche currently teaches at the Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe in Mysore District in South India.


Time schedule:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Teaching on how to generate Loving Kindness & Bodhichitta
12:30 PM – 13:30 PM: Lunch at Choe Khor Sum Ling
13:30 PM – 15:00 PM: Teaching on healing and purification through blessed water washing ceremony.

Teaching is free and open for everyone, advance registration is required.

Ashwini, No. 24, First Floor, 3rd Main Street, Domlur Layout, Bangalore – 71 | Tel: 080 414 864 97

Please visit the Choe Khor Sum Ling website www.cksl.in for more information on the Center’s activities.

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Bdotnet 27th Sept 2008 Saturday

UG Meeting on 27th Sept 2008 Saturday
Session 1: Infopath forms/Form services/Form library in MOSS
Speaker: Arun Kumar, Microsoft MVP
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Session 2: SilverLight
Speaker: Vic Parmar, Microsoft MVP
Time: 5pm to 6pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, Diamond district, Old Airport Road
Landmark: Near domlur flyover / oppo TGIF

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As a part of this years Software Freedom Day celebrations SPACE announced a programming contest for the students irrespective of the course they are pursuing.
The contest is based on the tutorial maSH – the true story of a shell. Please see the contest page for more information.   http://space-kerala.org/node/103
A cash award of Rs. 5000/- will be awarded to the best coder based on the quality of their code and creativity.

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Sunday September 21, 2008 from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Ta`am Restaurants Private Limited

A Square, #565, 8th Main, 4th Block, Koramangala
Bangalore, Karnataka 560034

Category: Social
Price: INR 50 (Experiment first time – cover charge)

Generic Meet: Introductions & Synergy Opportunities.
Surprise Guest.
I want to share something about Media (bit serious, bit funny).

93431 71420

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Microsoft Virtual Tech Days 17,18,19 Sep 2008

Its online training webcasts.


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