[Fsfe-ie] Amendments, patent vote, half-answer

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at member.fsf.org
Fri Aug 15 21:58:09 CEST 2003

  In my search for a list of good amendments, I got this reply
from Hartmut Pilch.  He's the Prez of FFII, so he's possibly
the most clued in person on this issue.  His response is not
what I was hoping for but here it is:

----- Forwarded message from Hartmut Pilch <phm at a2e.de> -----

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 18:37:54 +0200 (CEST)
From: Hartmut Pilch <phm at a2e.de>
To: Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at member.fsf.org>
Cc: discussion at fsfeurope.org
Subject: Re: Most recent full copy of Directive on patentability of computer
 implemented inventions

> > > "Unless amendments X, Y, and Z are passed, you must vote No".
> Does FFII know what X, Y, and Z are?

So far the amendments that have been put to vote are not known yet.

One simple rule is: if Rocard, Greens and EDD don't all recommend "yes",
better vote "no".  If one or more of the Rocard group's amendments are
rejected, vote "no".

This isn't to say that the directive with the Rocard group's amendments
will be an acceptable one.  Unless about 90% of the recitals and articles
are deleted or rewritten along the lines of the FFII counter-proposals, it
will still be a bad law that ought to be rejected, if the EP has any

Hartmut Pilch, FFII & Eurolinux Alliance              tel. +49-89-18979927
Protecting Innovation against Patent Inflation	     http://swpat.ffii.org/
160,000 votes 2000 firms against software patents    http://noepatents.org/

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