[Fsfe-ie] Alert: IPRED2 letter, 1 day to act

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Mon Feb 20 12:12:24 CET 2006

Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at fsfe.org> writes:
> Benjamin Henrion writes:
> > Please try to make a similar letter and send it to your governement:
> > 
> > http://wiki.ffii.org/Ipred2GovLtrsEn
> > 
> > We have one working day to put pressure on governements.
> > 
> > If patents is removed from the list, it is a HUGE achievement, so we
> > don't have to lobby against it in the near future.

I spoke to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on Friday
about this.

The person I spoke with wasn't the person in charge of the IPRED2 directive,
but they told me that Ireland was against the criminalisation of patent
infringement, and that many countries in the EU were, so although he didn't
know if the person in charge had submitted a request for removal of patents,
he wouldn't be surprised if they had.

He also said that this is a contentious issue, and the jurisdiction of the
EU to impose criminal sanctions at all is still in debate, so this issue
will not be settled too quickly.

I wanted to follow up on this this morning, but I didn't get time.

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