[Fsfe-ie] Microsoft threatening Denmark
ifso at gibiris.org
Tue Feb 15 13:41:56 CET 2005
News on Groklaw
(http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050215071109231) suggests that
when Bill Gates was last in Denmark, he threatened the country with the
loss of around 800 jobs if it didn't do his bidding on software patents.
1. Is the story confirmed? I know FFII has a statement, but are
there sources independent of the danish newspaper mentioned,
Børsen, for this story?
2. How do governments regard threats like this? I can't help but think
they're effective on the grounds of "political reality" and, well,
3. Do we know how those who say that the commission's preferred
directive would not permit "patents on pure software" would regard
Mr. Gates' threat?
4. Has Microsoft threatened Ireland in the same manner?
I won't be able to attend this evening's meeting. My apologies.
Éibhear Ó hAnluain
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