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April 5, 2005
EU Parliament Gives EU Council a Free Pass on Software Patents Debate "Glitch"
Floris Florian Mueller of NoSoftwarePatents.com complaining about the EU Council's thoroughly perplexing decision to make the EU Software Patents Directive an "A" (priority) discussion item? No? Here's a refresher:
"A wannabe Napoleon who heads the Commission and a Microsoft puppet that runs the DG (directorate general) in charge have decided to negate democracy."
Well, it looks like
the wannabe Napoleon and the Microsoft puppet have officially been pardoned
for their democracy-negating activities. Reports
The European Parliament has dropped its objections to the way the "common position" of the EU Council on the planned Directive on the Patentability of "Computer-implemented Inventions" was adopted. The Legal Committee of the European Parliament had initially insisted on examining the protocols of the decisive meeting of the Council of Ministers at the beginning of March. ...According to a parliamentary spokesman, the Legal Committee had now decided, however, no longer to take into account the "small irrelevant errors" committed.
That's how you make molehills out of mountains -- wait a little while, then proceed as if nothing happened.
Next up: more lobbying as the EU Parliament hashes out its objections to the Software Patent Directive within the confines of what CoCo blog calls "the restrictive procedure of the second reading."
Previous Copyfight coverage: European Council Gives Software Patents an "A"; EU Software Patents Moving Forward; Ding Dong, the EU Software Patents....
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