[ Thanks for this link to Fermigier, who points out that this
organization should not be confused with Prosa Labs, the italian embedded Linux
"Considerations are currently being taken as to whether software
patents should be allowed in Europe. The debate takes places in
Denmark as well as in the EU and the European Patent Organisation.
The issue has come up after decades with Danish laws forbidding
patents on software."
"A patent system for software would favor large companies, who
have the necessary legal and administrative resources at their
disposal, and impede the establishing of small, innovative
companies in the computer industry. Thus, a large company would be
able to force smaller competitors to their knees by launching legal
battles on patent violation."
"PROSA is concerned that the desire to introduce software
patents is not rooted in a wish to encourage innovation, but
instead to create new commodities for dominant companies in the
trade and jobs for lawyers and patent advisor."
"Today, source code can be protected by copyright provided it,
as a work, has sufficient work levels (is not trivial). Based on
this, the binary versions derived thereof can also be protected by
copyright. PROSA believes that this protection, which covers the
primary element in a software product, constitutes an adequate