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OSNews: Dutch Parliament Considers Revoking Support for Patent Directive

Jun 22, 2004, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arend Lammertink)

"The battle about Software Patents in Europe seemed as good as lost. The Council of Ministers voted for a directive that basically slapped the European Parliament in the face because they shamelessly put aside a democratic decision taken by the European Parliament. And even though the Parliament still has a second reading where it will have to go trough a lot of trouble to repair the damage done by the Council, it is a serious matter that the Council of Ministers seems to have no idea how sloppy their directive is. It does allow general, broad software patents, practically without restrictions even though several explanations by the Ministers say they don't.

"They have now shown (twice in one week!) that they have no respect for the democratic opinion of the European Parliament, which in itself is bad enough..."

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