NewsForge: U.S. to EU on Software Patents: 'We Sold Out, You Should Too'
Jun 11, 2004, 00:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)
"European free software advocates, Green Party activists,
Socialists, economists, small business owners, and other radicals
are working to keep the European Union from instituting U.S.-style
software patents. But don't give up hope. The U.S. government and
some of the biggest U.S. software vendors are working to bring
those backward Europeans into the modern world, where software
development can eventually be limited to responsible companies
instead of being done by any-old-body with a computer and a good
"Part of the sales pitch being given to the Europeans goes like
this: 'The U.S. lets just about anybody (who can afford it) patent
just about anything, and we're the world's most innovative nation,
so if y'all follow our patent policy it's only a matter of time
until you're producing as many innovations as we do...'"