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Alessandro Crugnola on February 4, 2005 in general

EU process on software patents restarted

Since first reading of this here I have been trying to follow it. It seems a great victory was published today:
Florian Mueller, manager of the pan-European NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign: "From the bottom of my heart I wish to thank all of those who made this possible, particularly the FFII, the Polish government, key parliamentarians in all political groups, and those companies and people who supported my campaign, especially in the days leading to this decision. "The NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign was brought into being with the support of three IT companies: 1&1 from Germany (world's largest web hoster), Red Hat (premier Linux company) and MySQL AB (Europe's largest open-source software company). Lobbying for a restart of the process was one of the initially stated goals of the campaign. " "The Empires will strike back" in Mueller's prediction. Even until the beginning of the committee meeting, such corporations as Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel had tried to thwart the plans, hoping to achieve the legalization of software patents in the EU at the earliest opportunity. " read the full article
A big THANKS to alessandro for posting this important topic! ;)

 

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