[Fsfe-ie] swpat MEP voting guide?
jm at jmason.org
Wed Jun 9 22:03:48 CEST 2004
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hey all -- is there such a thing yet? here's what I've drafted
quickly; I'd appreciate comments (esp on the last bit, which seems
Here's the current situation with the MEP candidates for the elections
on 11th June, if you thinking of voting based on their software-patent
- The Labour Party, sadly, haven't yet come up with a concrete policy on
the issue -- but the Dublin candidate, Ivana Bacik, has (verbally)
stated her opposition.
- The Greens, however, are actively campaigning against them, their
candidates clearly understand and have communicated with voters on the
issue in the past, and the cross-Europe party policy is clearly
- Eoin Dubsky is an independent candidate, standing on a primarily
anti-war platform. He's stated his opposition to software patenting
clearly and publically. He's also a total techie -- with RSS feeds and
a Redbrick.dcu.ie account! ;)
- FG's position is totally unclear, as usual... ;)
- And in the other corner: FF and the PDs as parties are whole-heartedly
supporting software patenting; in fact, they're the ones running the
EU Council which just pushed through software patenting law despite
the democratic mandate from the European Parliament. boo.
*However* there's a bizarre situation with the latter two. This page:
http://beauprez.net/softpat/lobbybase/search.php?country=IE , notes that
some specific members of the UEN and PPE factions in the european
parliament are actually quite helpful, and voted anti-swpat as
frequently as the Greens in the last session!
Notably: Liam Hyland (FF) Gerard Collins (FF), and Mary Banotti (FG)
voted the "right way".
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