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ZDNet UK: Software Patent Protest to Block Web Sites

Aug 27, 2003, 15:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"More than 600 Web sites are to take part in an online protest against a proposed European law on software patents, timed to coincide with a real-life protest in Brussels on Wednesday.

"Those rallying against the proposal -- including some of Europe's most prominent scientists and software businesses -- believe its current draft would open the door to the patenting of software and business processes, effectively shutting out software competition from small and medium-sized developers...

"Participating sites include a number of open-source organisations, such as Linux desktop software project KDE and Savannah, a hosting site for GNU software projects..."

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[Editor's Note: A few of the particpating Linux and Free Software sites are listed here. -BKP]

Apache

Debian

GNOME

KDE

Knoppix

Savannah

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