InfoWorld: Green Party to Hear Open Source Line on Patents
Nov 26, 2002, 16:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Meller)
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"As European Union (E.U.) lawmakers begin debating a proposal
for rules on patenting of software, open source and free software
supporters have found a sympathetic ear in the form of the Green
party in the European Parliament.
"The proposal by the European Commission sets parameters for
what can and cannot be patented and attempts to harmonize the
existing fragmented situation across the 15 member states of the
"If the European Parliament and the 15 governments adopt it as
is, the law would fall short of the permissive approach adopted by
the U.S. and Japan..."