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ZDNet UK: Linux Alliance protests software patenting

Jun 16, 2000, 22:21 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The European Parliament expects in the next few months to issue a directive as to whether Europe should follow America's lead and introduce software patenting. This will be based on the findings of an unpublished report from the Intellectual Property Institute in Britain which will then be debated before being approved by the European Council of Ministers."

"The EuroLinux petition against software patents has received the blessing of Europe's two main Linux distributors, SuSE and Mandrake, and is also backed by software companies in 12 European countries. These are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden."

"Software patents are a major concern," comments President of MandrakeSoft, Jacques Le Marois. "Not only for the Linux & Open Source Software industry, but for the whole information technology industry."

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