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ZDNet UK: Alan Cox: Fight Euro patenting law

Jun 02, 2000, 03:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"During his keynote speech at the European Linux 2000 conference in London, Cox said that pressure from America to introduce US-style software regulations would have disastrous results for the European software industry."

"In Europe it is possible to patent a complex software system but not elementary or abstract aspects of that system. In contrast the US allows specific parts of a software system to be patented. The EU is currently debating doing the same. It is expected to issue a directive by the third or fourth quarter."

"In the current US environment it would be impossible to build the Internet. In Europe, at the moment we have fairly sane patents for software but the EU is lobbying hard to introduce similar laws and it is very important that people try to fight this," he says. Cox goes further, suggesting the main reason WAP has not been a success in the US is because of draconian patenting regulations."

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