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The Register: EU Software Patents: How the Vote Was Won

May 24, 2004, 19:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lucy Sherriff)

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"The European Directive on software patents was voted through last night by the slimmest of margins. Crucially, Germany switched its position at the last moment and voted to support the directive, despite its previous vehement opposition.

"In the expanded EU, 37 votes (up from 26) must be recorded against an item for it to be blocked. At the meeting in Brussels yesterday, 30 votes were counted against the bill. Germany, with ten votes at its disposal, effectively had the final say..."

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