March 07, 2005

Software patent directive to be adopted

The commision has decided to ignore the European Parliment's request for this legislation to be taken back to the start of the legislative process (I had thought for a while that they where actually going to listen to the democratic part of the Euroland Government, how naive) it is back on track to become law now requiring an absolute 2/3rds majority to the parliment. That is not 2/3rds of the people that turn up, at this stage anything other than saying explicitly "no", including abstaining, is considered saying "yes".

So it looks like we will be seeing wonderful things like patents on basic boolean operators taken to stiffle competing products. This from a commision that was going to put the economy at the centre of everything it did. Good bye software industry, it was nice knowing you.


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