[Linux-aus] software patents back to scratch in the European Union!
arjen at mysql.com
Thu Feb 3 15:20:02 UTC 2005
This is huge news. This vote means that the legislation can't just be
pushed through, it is back to square one.
We (with NoSoftwarePatents.com) won, and the big corp lobbyists lost.
It can be done.
EU asked to restart patents legal process for software
Simon Taylor, IDG News Service
Members of the European Parliament have voted overwhelmingly to ask the
European Commission to withdraw draft legislation which, critics say,
would open the door to allowing patents on pure software.
The decision, made at an impassioned meeting of the Parliament's legal
affairs committee on Wednesday, is primarily a victory for the opponents
of software patents who have been lobbying members to restart the legal
procedure on legislation to insert safeguards against pure software
Arjen Lentz, Community Relations Manager
MySQL AB, www.mysql.com
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