Software patents :(

  • March 8, 2005
  • Jasper Huijsmans

Quick summary:

  • The (elected) European Parliament is opposed
  • A large fraction of the (elected) national parliaments is opposed
  • Danmark has officially requested the subject to be changed to a B-item (i.e. further discussion needed)
  • The Danish request had support from several other representatives in the counsel

What to do, what to do?

The (non-elected) European Counsel decided to rubberstamp the decission as an A-item (political agreement, no discussion necessary). Right…

The reason given? We are adopting the position for institutional reasons so as not to create a precedent which might have a consequence of creating future delays in other processes. Bah.

As usual FFII has a better explanation.