Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for supportBy Chris Williams. Published: 23rd Jun 2005, 20:05:54 | Permalink | Printable
Time to find your MEPThe movement against software patents is calling on small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to lobby against the second reading of the software patent directive in July by the European Parliament.
According to those who oppose the directive, software patents are used to protect trivial things such as preview windows for images and showing related search results in a web page if an online customer picks out a product she likes - all patented in the EU.
Anti-software patent group, The Economic Majority says that whilst many SMEs see software patents as a threat, EU law makers are being allegedly tricked into believing otherwise by particular lobby groups who are supported by larger corporations yet pretending to represent the SME community. The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure claims, "Some large corporations want a powerful weapon against small but innovative competitors, or against open source software."
The proposed legislation to introduce US style patenting of software code in the EU will likely affect RISC OS software or open source applications that our platform is becoming increasingly reliant on. Those in favour of software patenting say the new policies will harmonise legislation across the continent and provide "strong patent protection of computer implemented inventions".
The FFII is asking everyone to participate in a web strike and contact MEPs to convince them to defeat the software patent law.
Lobby groups go all out as EU patent deadline looms from The Register
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