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NewsForge: False Open Source Representative Calls for European Software Patents

May 06, 2003, 17:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"A false or misled 'open source representative' has signed an industry resolution calling for the EU to allow software patenting, which has been sent to members of the European Parliament...

"The European Legal Affairs Committee holds a plenary vote on software patenting this Wednesday, and may have been influenced by the false representation.

"Graham Taylor is director of Open Forum Europe, an organization that is purported to work for broader acceptance of Open Source. Taylor has appeared at various trade shows in Europe, saying reasoanble things about Open Source, for the past year. Open Forum Europe is a division of IT Forum Foundation and InterForum. InterForum's membership includes a number of large companies that have a vested interest in the promotion of software patenting in Europe. Mr. Taylor's sponsor organization is well connected with the EU government..."

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