[Fsfe-ie] "PUSH FOR PATENT CHANGE, GOVERNMENT URGED"
ian at locut.us
Thu May 6 14:36:02 CEST 2004
Dear Mr Fanning,
I was disappointed by the one-sided nature of the short piece on
"software implemented inventions" in today's Morning Business News.
Brian Caulfield does not speak for the many people within the software
industry who fought for and support the Parliament's amendments. These
people feel so strongly about this issue that on the 14th of April
hundreds of them traveled from all over Europe to attend a demonstration
in Brussels in support of the European Parliament's amendments to this
Patents on software are not currently permitted in the EU, but the
unamended version of this directive, which Brian Caulfield supports,
sought to changed this.
Numerous economic studies have shown that software patents, where
permitted, stifle competition and innovation in the software industry.
They create legal uncertainty for innovators, and allow large companies
to establish "war chests" of software patents on trivial processes which
they can use to attack smaller competitors.
I would ask that RTE strive to present both points of view in future
coverage of this contentious issue. You can find out more about why
people are opposed to software patents at http://swpat.ffii.org/
Chief Executive Officer,
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