[Fsfe-ie] anti software patent MEP voting recommendations for Friday 11th

Ryan Meade ryan at meade.net
Thu Jun 10 10:59:06 CEST 2004

I would ask those of you in East not to forget Mary White of the Greens, who
is looking to retain Nuala Ahern's seat.  Nuala has an excellent record on
this issue, and has always given prompt and informed responses to me
whenever I have raised the issue with her.  I think you'll find an example
in the archives.

Mary White is obviously new to European politics, but I don't have any doubt
but that she'll continue Nuala's work on this issue.


On 10/06/2004 08:02, "Ciaran O'Riordan" <coriordan at compsoc.com> wrote:

> This isn't an official IFSO thing, it's just from me.
> Few people turning up for Friday's 3-in-1 vote will have anything to base
> their MEP vote on, so a lot of people you know will be open to suggestions.
> If you'd like to use your vote to help prevent software ideas becoming
> patentable, please pass on this recommendation, in digital or oral form.
> and please forward to other lists (sage, milug, clug, evoting?, and others),
> and post to discussion boards or mention in IRC, I'm only on ilug and
> fsfe-ie.  Here's a URL for this same mail sent to ilug:
> http://www.linux.ie/pipermail/ilug/2004-June/015940.html
> +-----------+----------------+---------------+
> |Area       |Vote #1         |and #2         |
> +-----------+----------------+---------------+
> |East       |Avril Doyle     |Eoin Dubsky    |
> |South      |Brian Crowley   |Gerard Collins |
> |North West |Sean O'Neactain |               |
> |Dublin     |Patrica McKenna |Ivana Bacik    |
> +-----------+----------------+---------------+
> For a summary of the swpat issue, see http://ifso.ie/projects/swpats.html
> [First, thanks to the people that came to Stallmans anti-swpat talk - and to
> those who helped pass the word around so much that we overflowed the venue.
> A transcript is now at: http://ifso.ie/events/2004-05-24/transcript.html ]
> Five sitting MEPs are running for re-election.  Each has a solid anti-swpat
> voting record and it would be great to have them back:
> Avril Doyle (East, FG)
> Patricia McKenna (Dublin, Green)
> Brian Crowley (South, FF)
> Gerard Collins (South, FF)
> Sean O'Neachtain (North West, FF)
> Two non-sitting MEP candidates have vocally opposed swpats:
> Eoin Dubsky (East, Independent)
> Ivana Bacik (Dublin, Labour)
> Notes:
> * Avril Doyle made anti-swpat press releases and convinced other MEPs to
> vote anti-swpat.
> * Patricia McKenna made anti-swpat press releases, directly helped us with
> our lobbying, and spoke at Stallmans recent talk in Dublin.
> * Brian Crowley tabled anti-swpat amendments (which the Parliament adopted)
> * Eoin Dubsky has released some php scripts under the GPL
> * Ivana Bacik is an FSF supporter and is a TCD law lecturer
> I'm not sure how the others are polling but McKenna is bordering on losing
> her seat.  Our job would be harder without her, so please consider giving
> her your vote if you're in Dublin, and asking others to do the same.
> The above voting recommendations were pretty obvious once all the data was
> collated, there was no party-a Vs. party-b decisions etc., but here's the
> party info just because I've gathered it and someone's bound to ask:
> Since all of the Irish MEPs voted against software patents, there are none
> to avoid.  Mary Harney's pro software patent stance is irrelevant since
> she's not an MEP and the PDs haven't fielded any candidates.
> Proinsias De Rossa (Labour's only MEP) abstained from the vote last
> September, so Labour have no track record.  Pat Cox and Dana Rosemary
> Scallon (independents) also abstained.  5 out of 6 Fianna Fail MEPs voted
> anti-swpats, the 6th abstained.  All 5 Fine Gail MEPs, and both Green MEPs
> voted anti-swpat.
> The parties that Fianna Fail and the Greens belong to in the Parliament both
> voted 100% anti-swpat.  Fine Gail and Labour belong to European parties that
> voted ~60% PRO-swpat.  Surprisingly few decisions can be made from this data
> since beefing up the good parties is good, and injecting good people into
> bad parties is also good.  But as said, the recommendations above were the
> only clear option and didn't require playing parties against eachother.

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