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Fluckrat
05-18-2005, 03:53 PM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/05/18/patents_rocard_draft/

"The Financial Times says it has seen a copy of the amended directive, penned by the bill's rapporteur, Michel Rocard. Under the terms of Rocard's draft, software would only be patentable if it controlled a physical process, or a controllable force of nature. Patents would not be allowed for software that handles "the treatment, the manipulation, the representation and the presentation of information"."

Not carved in stone, but yay!

Q_B
05-18-2005, 04:19 PM
That's good news, but old news. The directive was already rewritten by the Parliament, just to be completely ignored by the Council of Ministers in a very undemocratic manner (to say the least).

Now it will take a qualified majority to pass anything at the Parliament. I'm not putting much faith in it, since the European Parliament is not known for its Member's assiduity.

runejw
05-18-2005, 07:40 PM
The EU seems extremely good at generating a huge bureaucracy though.
One directive may have been dropped while several others (outside the focus of the public) have been made...


Cheers,
Rune

Recursive
05-18-2005, 08:55 PM
The EU seems extremely good at generating a huge bureaucracy though.
One directive may have been dropped while several others (outside the focus of the public) have been made...


Cheers,
Rune

Them pesky polititians, always telling people what to do.... oh wait. Thats what they are there for.

Beamtracer
05-18-2005, 10:23 PM
Power to the people!

Although this issue hasn't gained much traction or interest from the public, it is really important. It's important that the open source software movement be allowed to flourish and thrive.

Congratulations to Poland for being daring enough to oppose these terrible patent laws. Other countries have been corrupted by the money and power of the big software companies.

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