Re: [Fsfe-ie] SiliconRepublic: ‘Yes’ vote on EU patents vital to software industry -- Irish Software Association
jm at jmason.org
Thu Jun 23 08:50:06 CEST 2005
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Ciaran O'Riordan writes:
> David Golden <david at oldr.net> writes:
> > Note that the ISA has a member company list  (save a copy...),
> > several of whom are supposedly pro-linux, and others whose businesses
> > are pretty closely tied to things like apache+php. It might be worth
> > IFSO querying them
> Yes! this is a great idea.
> >>From my resultless attempts to get the Small Firms Association and the Irish
> Small & Medium Enterprises association to make an anti-swpat statement, I've
> learned that the pressure/suggestion has to come from the members.
BTW I've had no luck finding contacts for either of those...
> Showing Article 5 paragraph 2 of the Council's text to people that support
> the Common Position could make them think. Here it is:
> A claim to a computer program, either on its own or on a carrier, shall
> not be allowed unless the program would, when loaded and executed in a
> programmable computer, programmable computer network or other programmable
> apparatus, put into force a product or process claimed in the same patent
> application in accordance with paragraph 1.
> (since products and processes are pantentable, and the only extra
> requirement is that the program runs on a computer: the "unless" means
> nothing and all programs are patentable. Why the dorky wording? If
> software patents are good, why not say so?)
Is that the current wording, since Monday? That's awful. :(
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