"The battle about Software Patents in Europe seemed as good as
lost. The Council of Ministers voted for a directive that basically
slapped the European Parliament in the face because they
shamelessly put aside a democratic decision taken by the European
Parliament. And even though the Parliament still has a second
reading where it will have to go trough a lot of trouble to repair
the damage done by the Council, it is a serious matter that the
Council of Ministers seems to have no idea how sloppy their
directive is. It does allow general, broad software patents,
practically without restrictions even though several explanations
by the Ministers say they don't.
"They have now shown (twice in one week!) that they have no
respect for the democratic opinion of the European Parliament,
which in itself is bad enough..."