"More than 600 Web sites are to take part in an online protest
against a proposed European law on software patents, timed to
coincide with a real-life protest in Brussels on Wednesday.
"Those rallying against the proposal -- including some of
Europe's most prominent scientists and software businesses --
believe its current draft would open the door to the patenting of
software and business processes, effectively shutting out software
competition from small and medium-sized developers...
"Participating sites include a number of open-source
organisations, such as Linux desktop software project KDE and
Savannah, a hosting site for GNU software projects..."