Thursday, July 07, 2005

Europe Rejects Software Patents

Some great news:

"In a shock move, the European Parliament has voted down the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to reject the directive on the patentability of computer implemented inventions.

A spokesman for the European Parliament said that 648 MEPs out of a total of 729 voted to reject the directive, which critics feared would widen the extent to which software could be patented.

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) described this decision as a "great victory for those who have campaigned to ensure that European innovation and competitiveness is protected from monopolisation of software functionalities and business methods."
From Yahoo News via Stephens Web

I see this as a vote for open source software innovation in Europe. YIPPY!!!!

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