EU Software Patents Stopped!

This is the best news I’ve heard all year, literally. The fact that Parliament rejected something that was lobbied for very strongly by big corporations is good news to me. I have faith in the EU’s democratic process with this.

Software patents were rejected by a 648-14 vote with 18 abstentions. That is just amazing. I guess it just shows that real grassroots efforts can pay off.

Now all we need is to get this in the US, but I really doubt that it will happen unfortunately.

Here is some coverage:
http://www.europe.redhat.com/news/article/431.html
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2005/07/06/eu_bins_swpat/
http://lists.ffii.org/pipermail/news/2005-July/000302.html
http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.asp?Feed=AP&Date=20050706&ID=4905885
http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/07/06/1235211

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