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European Protests Against Software Patents

On Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a last-minute demonstration at the European Parliament in Brussels against the proposed directive on software patents, organized by the FFII. As an additional (or alternative) action, people and organizations are encouraged to participate in an online demonstration that day, replacing the main pages of their Web sites with text explaining the dangers of introducing unlimited patentability in Europe.

The proposed directive would make it impossible to refuse patents on algorithms and business methods such as a recently-uncovered EPO patent granted to Amazon on ordering a gift for and automatically delivering it to a third party, which is even broader than its infamous 1-Click patent (which will also be patentable).

Please read the following pages for more information, and consider participating in the protest:

Recent comments

27 Apr 2006 08:27 Avatar jenkinspa

EU Software Patents
We are a website design company in the UK and all my employees are with it, im not im against it I think some stuff just gets out of hand like look at the blueberry case or that new one with MS & Autodesk ended up paying out think it was 15m for MS and 3m for autodesk as they have used an online registration application. What ever happened to the SCO / Linux dispute?...

All gets a bit too silly

28 Jun 2004 03:53 Avatar AndrewCates

Update
What happened with this license issue? I haven't been able to get an update since? The EU has a nasty habit of going from "don't worry its all provisional" to "its all been discussed and agreed" without us getting a chance to comment in the middle

BozMo (http://catesfamily.org.uk/)

11 Sep 2003 15:52 Avatar kedzier

Re: pointless

> pointless indeed,
> do you think anyone care about you
> guys?
> the people who have money are the one
> who decide
> you can protest or whatever no one would
> even notice.
>


I completley agree with you, only people who have money are the one who decide.
Any protest will be simply throw to the trash, no one listing to us.
No one will write a program legaly if that law come into life. There will be an underground of software programers who will write programs with ex. pop-up menu, beacuse someone will patent that idea.
Horror
(sorry, my English is'n good enought)

30 Aug 2003 08:28 Avatar wvhemel

Re: pointless

> pointless indeed,
> do you think anyone care about you
> guys?
> the people who have money are the one
> who decide
> you can protest or whatever no one would
> even notice.
>


Yes, doing nothing is better. Sure. Let's not even open our mouths. You know what? Let's bend over too.

Even when I don't win the first battle, at least I won't have co-operated with a system/philosophy I think is flawed, and I would have lived up to what I believe in.

There are (and will always be) way more 'poor' people than rich ones, and it's only your apathy that gives this world to a select few.

28 Aug 2003 01:05 Avatar stefano_fornari

Sync4j joins the protest
Sync4j (http://www.sync4j.org) joins the protest.

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