"There's going to be a vote in the European Parliament on 1
September (originally today, Monday 30 June 2003) that will have
enormous implications on the worldwide software market.
"The vote will be on whether to adopt a report by its Legal
Affairs and Internal Market Committee that recommends the rules on
patenting of software be relaxed in line with existing laws in the
US and Japan.
"It looks as though, despite widespread and deep criticism, the
report will be adopted. And this will probably mean a shift of
power from small software companies and the open source community
to large multi-national corporations..."