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LinuxPR: EuroLinux Warns: Software Patents Still on European Commission Agenda

Jul 07, 2000, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Eurolinux Alliance of European commercial software publishers and non-profit associations warns : Software Patents are still on the European Commission Agenda. The General Directorate for Internal Market at the European Commission has not changed its ideologic position in favour of software patents."

"The Eurolinux Alliance has called for more than a year for a scientific review of the general economic and social impact of software patents. The General Directorate for Internal Market at the European Commission, under the direction of John Mogg, seems to have chosen to answer to this fair request through a disinformation campaign. Information bits currently leaked to the press suggest that the European Commission has adopted a directive on community patents and that it has abandoned its plans on Software Patents. However, much of this information should be considered with extreme care."

"In order to clarify the debate, EuroLinux requests the General Directorate for Internal Market to provide a public answer to the following 3 questions..."

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