Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Eeeee-Yewwwww : The EU is looking (again) at allowing software patents. Predictably, European programmers are having fits. In this "Call To Action", the following demands are made:

- We urge members of national parliaments to formulate clear national policies on the limits of patentability and to make sure that their government's representatives in the European Council are faithfully implementing these policies.

- We demand that all legislative proposals, including those from the European Parliament and the member states, be rigorously tested against a test suite of sample patent applications to see whether they would beyond any doubt lead to the desired results and would not leave room for any more misinterpretations.

LOL. "Clear" national policies? "Beyond any doubt?" Well, when they finally figure those two out, maybe they should pass that information along to the rest of the world . . .

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