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Groklaw: Now It's the Dutch: Parliament Votes to Block A Item on SW Patents Directive

Feb 11, 2005, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Dutch Parliament today voted against software patents being approved as an A item, 71 to 69 and asks the goverment to oppose it. It was anticipated that it might otherwise have been rubber stamped on February 17. Here's the story in Dutch. Tako Schotanus wrote to me to explain what it is saying:

"This vote is seen as a lending a hand to the EU parliament that wants to restart the process. The motion accepted in the House of Representatives blocks the possibility that the original proposal will pass as an A item..."

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