Bruxelles, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris.
2000-11-22.With the exception of Austria,
Lichtenstein and Switzerland, all European countries voted in
Munich yesterday against an extension of the patent system to
software. The exception on computer programs will be maintained in
the European Patent Convention after its revision. This move
is a clear victory for democracy, since it allows the European
Commission to proceed with its public consultation on software
patents, together with the European Parliament. National
governments in Europe which are currently reviewing in detail the
pros and the cons of an extension of the patent system to software,
will also be able to participate in the debate.
Future EuroLinux actions will be targeted at convincing the
European Commission to take a balanced approach on software
patents. As the FFII/EuroLinux Software Patent Horror Gallery
shows, the European Patent Office is already abusively granting
many patents on pure software methods. Such kind of patents are
then cancelled by national courts in case of dispute. A
clarification is still needed in Europe, either in favour or
against software patents. EuroLinux considers that software patents
should clearly be banned in Europe because they harm innovation and
that software should be protected through copyright.
About EuroLinux - www.eurolinux.org
The EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure is an
open coalition of commercial companies and non-profit associations
united to promote and protect a vigourous European Software Culture
based on Open Standards, Open Competition, Linux and Open Source
Software. Companies members or supporters of EuroLinux develop or
sell software under free, semi-free and non-free licenses for
operating systems such as Linux, MacOS or Windows.
The EuroLinux Alliance launched on 2000-06-15 an electronic
petition to protect software innovation in Europe. The EuroLinux
petition has received so far massive support from more than 50.000
European citizens, 2000 corporate managers and 200 companies.
The EuroLinux Alliance has co-organised in 1999, together with
the French Embassy in Japan, the first Europe-Japan conference on
Linux and Free Software. The EuroLinux Alliance is at the
initiative of the www.freepatents.org Web site to
promote and protect innovation and competition in the European IT