[Fsfe-ie] Nuala Ahern MEP - against softpat directive

Ryan Meade ryan at meade.net
Sat Feb 7 14:57:31 CET 2004

I contacted Nuala Ahern about Software Patents back in July, at Malcolm's
behest.  I include her response below.

If you need any help engaging Nuala or any other Greens on the issue, let me
know (I am a minor Green politician).


------ Forwarded Message
From: "Nuala Ahern" <NAhern at europarl.eu.int>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 14:13:30 +0200
To: <ryan at meade.net>
Subject: Software Patents

Dear Ryan, 
Thank you for your email concerning the McCarthy report on computer
implemented inventions (com 2002-092). Like all Green parties in the
European Union, I share your concern that software patents and patents on
business methods are a threat for European software developers.
The Greens/EFA in European Parliament are fighting on this dossier in order
to prevent software patents being legalized in the Union; we have organized
two conferences with Richard Stallman (in November 2002 "Is software
patenting necessary?" and in May 2003 "Software patents and SMEs"). You will
find more info on our website http://www.greens-efa.org
Regarding our work inside European Parliament; we tabled amendements - and
won - in the culture committee and again in the industry committee but we
lost in the committee for legal affairs as the rapporteur (Arlene Mac
Carthy, member of the Social Democrat Group, UK Labour) refused any
compromise. We thus voted against her text.
Lately we opposed the very fast and very discrete attempt to add the report
on the plenary of July; it is now scheduled for September (see

You can be assured that I will defend software freedom in plenary as well.
Best wishes
Nuala Ahern

On 07/02/2004 00:49, "teresahackett at eircom.net" <teresahackett at eircom.net>

> While inviting Irish MEPs to a meeting at the European Parliament next week in
> Strasbourg on the IPRE directive, I came across a press release from Nuala
> Ahern, Green MEP on how she's against software patents and voted against the
> softpat directive last year.
> The Greens are an influential political group in Parliament. Nuala is not
> standing for re-election in June 2004, so perhaps she can burn her boats
> before she leaves!How about meeting up with her to discuss strategy?
> http://www.nualaahern.com/releases/release2303.htm
> Teresa
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