The Null Device

EU software patents dead

The EU Parliament has thrown out a proposed software patent directive, by 648 to 14 (w00t!). The European Commission has said that it would not draw up or submit any new versions of the proposal. Which means that it is stone cold dead, for now at least; though as Cory Doctorow points out, there is too much monopoly rent waiting to be extracted for the pro-patent lobby to not try again.

There are 2 comments on "EU software patents dead":

Posted by: datakid http:// Wed Jul 6 22:16:55 2005

Capital truely is the zombie that will not die. I am so looking forward to scaring the shit outta my kids with that movie.

Posted by: PitrM http:// Mon Jul 11 19:02:56 2005

648 to 14 also means that even the dumbest and most computer-illiterate deputees heard about this. I really believe patent lawyers and friends lost a lot there, but the battle will now move to national patent offices -most of them supported the bill, for obvious reasons

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