[Fsfe-ie] RTE's Morning Ireland on swpat directive

Ben North ben at redfrontdoor.org
Wed Jul 6 09:27:59 CEST 2005

The Morning Ireland show this morning had another piece on the swpat
directive, and as when they've covered the issue previously, it was
fairly one-sided.  They had a representative of the Irish Software
Association on, Bernadette (can't recall surname) I think, who was given
the opportunity to repeat the usual propaganda.  The interviewer did
raise the view that small businesses would be harmed, but the ISA rep
then just said she disagreed strongly and claimed to represent
businesses of all sizes.  The ISA rep also started off by claiming that
the directive just harmonised patent application practices and
appplication and enforcement procedures, which is a line I've seen more
in the past week or two.  The interview was pretty soft, and introduced
ISA rep by saying that she was very strongly in one camp --- doesn't
this mean that they really should have found someone from the other camp
to talk to as well?

Bit late at this stage probably, but worth writing to RTE about?  The
piece was on at about 0750 if anybody wants to find it in the archive on
the web.


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