14-15 April 2004 : Brussels is the Hub to go :-)

Xavi Drudis Ferran xdrudis at tinet.org
Mon Mar 22 23:42:34 UTC 2004

Hope you don't mind getting and possibly passing on information on
some events for April 14 and 15, 2004 in Brussels. It would be
interesting to spread it in non-free software circles as well
(computer professional organisations, labour unions, consumer groups,
academia, software businesses and software using businesses, digital
rights groups, etc.).

In a nutshell:

Brussels April 14 2004 : protests and conference on the software
patents directive.  The Council of ministers of the EU is apparently
going to throw away the work done in the European Parliament and propose 
allowing patenting of software without any effective limit. FFII's press
release is at:


Brussels April 15 2004 : conference on digital rights and promotion 
of free software inside the European Parliament, but see the note below

Brussels April 14 and 15 2004 : it seems a virtual demonstration is 
in the works (that is you are invited to replace your home page with a
a protest note or so, like last summer).

If you have time to spend I bet the organisers will also wellcome 
help in setting things up. 

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Invitation by Greens/EFA to Apr 14-15 events.

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Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:30:44 +0100
From: Laurence Vandewalle
Subject: 14-15 April 2004 : Brussels is the Hub to go :-)


Conferences and LUG in Brussels 
European Parliament room ASP 1G2

Most legal frame related to new technologies is cooked up at Brussels. To
get a feet into European Parliament's door and show that you care right
before the election (to whetten your appetite: its Members will decide on
the patentability of software, on data privacy issues, TPRM, and so on),
join an installfest within parliament (and bring your favorite MEP with
you), attend a panel with ALAN COX, GEORG GREVE, Jon Lech Johansen or DVD
JON (of decss fame), participate in a guided tour through brussels
(anti-swpats "demo"), meet LUGs and programming rights groups from all
over the place, or to meet some chaotic nerds of FFII book your hostel
now. On 14 April evening, there will be a diner/party at restaurant La
Tentation, in the center of Brussels. See


Entrance is free however to access the building you have to register
online before 7 April http://www.greens-efa.org

Contact : lvandewalle at europarl.eu.int 

Brussels European Parliament room ASP 1G2
15 April 2004

The Greens in European parliament invite representatives of Linux Users Groups of the 25 Member States of the European Union to come to Brussels to 

- enhance the networking among the free software community in Europe(in
  particular with the New Member states)

- prepare the second reading on the software patents directive

- show inside EP what free software is, how it works and what ideas lie

- participate to the FFII conference and demo against software patents on
  14 April


9.00 Gathering European LUGs and associations for the promotion of free software (FFS Software - Austria, AFUL & APRIL, GUUG - Germany, ...)

11.00-12.30 Linux Install Party for Green candidates 

The morning session is chaired by Dany Cohn-Bendit MEP 

Jon Lech Johansen(DVD-Jon)
Laurence Lebersorg(Test-Achat Belgium)
Gwen Hinze(EFF)

Cristiano Paggetti(Italy): eGovernment - Free infrastructure
Andrea Glorioso (Italy) : Free content 
Herman Bruynickx(Belgium): Free software in education
Jens Muhlhaus(Germany): Public administration: Linux für Munchen

Georg Greve, FSF Europe (Germany) Agenda 1910

Alan Cox www.linux.org.uk co-signatory of the letter sent by Linus Torvalds to the President of EP against software patents(UK)- tbc

The afternoon session is chaired by Monica Frassoni MEP 

Hartmut Pilch, FFII & Eurolinux Alliance              tel. +49-89-18979927
Protecting Innovation against Patent Inflation	     http://swpat.ffii.org/
300,000 votes 2000 firms against software patents    http://noepatents.org/
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- jo també vull una Europa lliure de patents de programari  -
 EuropeSwPatentFree - http://EuropeSwPatentFree.hispalinux.es

Xavi Drudis Ferran
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