Advocacy

The Digital Standards Organization

iMatix contributes to the Digital Standards Organization which was set-up in 2007 to promote the understanding and use of open standards in the IT sector.

Free Software Foundation (FSF)

iMatix is a corporate patron of the FSF along with such firms as MySQL, Google, and Cisco.

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

iMatix CEO Pieter Hintjens is past President of the FFII. The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to establishing a free market in information technology, by the removal of barriers to competition. The FFII was largely responsible for the rejection of the EU software patent directive in July 2005, working closely with the European Parliament and many partners from industry and civil society. CNET awarded the FFII the Outstanding contribution to software development award for this work, which was the result of years of research, policy, and action.

Why?

Advocacy, especially with respect to open standards, copyright, and software patents, is an important part of ensuring that the software market remains accessible to small firms like iMatix. We don't just fight for our right as a software vendor to compete in a free and fair market. We also fight for our clients' right to a free choice of vendors, based on quality and price, not lock-in.

Software patents are state-backed distortion of a free market; illegal in Europe according to the European Patent Convention, but granted on a massive scale by the European Patent Office nonetheless. There is great pressure from anti-competitive forces, ranging from monopolists like Microsoft, to cartels in telecoms and multimedia, to use software patents to block free and fair competition. Software patents are the greatest threat to innovations like AMQP, innovations in which iMatix and many other firms have invested considerably.

We therefore play an active part in educating policy makers and effecting positive changes to the current patent regime.