We are asking our representatives in the European Parliament to save Europe from software patents by following the FFII voting recommendations.
The Software Patents Directive, as approved by the European Council of Ministers, would codify US-style Software Patents in the European Union.
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If that happens, software developers will no longer own what they write and can be sued for selling or distributing their own software.
This would not only endanger your job, but the entire European software sector. Patents on pure logic would even restrict the freedom of publication.
On the 6th of July, the European Parliament will have the last chance to prevent this. To do so, 367 of the 732 members must be present and vote for the right amendments.
These are the clarifications a directive must provide for an effective exclusion of software patents:
- Computer program = computer-implemented solution.
- The contribution must meet the requirements of patentability.
- Data processing is not a field of technology.
- Technology is applied natural science.
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