It is now over three years since the European Parliament threw out a controversial bill that would have brought in software patents.
It was a victory of sorts for those trying to preserve some sanity in the world of computing, but only a partial and temporary one. Those in favour of intellectual monopolies are hardly going to give up, and already have a number of irons in the fire that they will doubtless deploy in due course.
In preparation for that day, people on the other side are beginning to mobilise their forces:
A group of FFII activists have decided to set up big European petitions targeting national legislators of the members of the European Patent Convention to clarify the limitations of patentability.
We are aiming to collect at least 1 million signatures, which implies the support of a large number of associations.
We would like, as the first phase, to collect the names of local associations which will probably support the petition to stop software and business method patents. We are going to contact them for the details on a second phase.
For this we need your help - please go to http://stopsoftwarepatents.eu.
Great idea – if you're interested, do sign up. But it's pity the above site is a total dog's breakfast in terms of design.