[thelist] Fwd: [firsttuesdayedinburgh] EU Propose allowing software patents

martin burns martin at lists.evolt.org
Fri Sep 15 04:25:06 CDT 2000

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>From: Matt Sergeant <matt at sergeant.org>
>The administrative board for the European Patents Office have voted 10-9
>to allow patents on software. There is still a final conference to ratify
>the decision in November. [1]
>Anyone who is interested in running any sort of e-commerce web site will
>hopefully be aware of the damage done in the US by companies like Amazon
>and thier "One-Click" shopping patent. (arguably the damage is done by the
>US patent office, not Amazon).
>For anyone who doesn't want this to happen, which you probably gathered
>that I don't want it to happen, should either go and sign the virtual
>petition [2], or write to their Euro MP as soon as possible.
>I realise there may be people who think this is a good thing, and
>appologise for only giving one viewpoint. I have no desire to put across
>the other side of this.
>[1] German only: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/odi-14.09.00-000/
>[2] http://petition.eurolinux.org/index_html

Martin Burns, Content Management Consultant
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