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LinuxPR: EuroLinux: France Against Software Patents

Mar 26, 2001, 16:50 (7 Talkback[s])

"On Friday, March 23rd 2001, State Secretary of Industry Christian Pierret who is directly in charge of the French Patent Policy stated in an interview to 01 Informatique, the leading IT magazine in France: "I am against software patents in Europe. It would kill innovation and promote juridical terrorism because multinational software publishers would multiply legal disputes against start-ups".

"EuroLinux welcomes this brave position. "Christian Pierret is the living proof that there still exist politicians in Europe who defend innovation and the general interest even under the pressure of powerful multinational software publishers, politicians who can oppose the underwater lobbying of their national patent offices seeking to defend their own privileges" says Stéfane Fermigier, Pdt of AFUL for EuroLinux."

"EuroLinux wishes for other governments in Europe to be able to take similar positions. In Germany, all political parties have taken positions against software patents. In France, many member of parliaments (Conservative, Greens, Socialists) have taken positions against software patents. In the Netherlands, the parliament ordered its government to first fix the obviousness and technicality criteria before allowing software patents. In Denmark, PROSA, an association of 13.000 computer professionals opposed software patents. The EuroLinux petition counts 200 commercial companies in its supporters, as well as more than 70.000 individual signatures."

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