The Register: EU Software Patents: How the Vote Was Won
May 24, 2004, 19:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lucy Sherriff)
[ Thanks to Marco
Menardi for this link. ]
"The European Directive on software patents was voted through
last night by the slimmest of margins. Crucially, Germany switched
its position at the last moment and voted to support the directive,
despite its previous vehement opposition.
"In the expanded EU, 37 votes (up from 26) must be recorded
against an item for it to be blocked. At the meeting in Brussels
yesterday, 30 votes were counted against the bill. Germany, with
ten votes at its disposal, effectively had the final say..."