[Fsfe-ie] Mueller book "No Lobbyists As Such" available

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Subject: [Patents] Book on the war over software patents now
available for download
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 08:47:48 +0200
From: Florian Mueller <fmueller.nosoftwarepatents at googlemail.com>
To: <patents at aful.org>

Florian Mueller's book

"No Lobbyists As Such -
The War over Software Patents in the European Union"

now available for download

Starnberg, Germany (June 06, 2006) -- Florian Mueller, the
founder of the award-winning NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign, has
published his memoir-style book, "No Lobbyists As Such - The War
over Software Patents in the European Union", on the Internet. On
377 pages, Mueller tells the story of the legislative process
that ended in July last year with a landslide vote of the
European Parliament against a proposal for a software patent
directive. The book is now available on the Internet for

The file may be redistributed under a Creative Commons license.
Mueller explained in his blog
that he wants "to get [this] book out to a large audience,
especially since the next major war over software patents in
Europe will officially break out on July 12 at a hearing to be
held by the European Commission in Brussels. The same forces who
supported the software patent directive we successfully fought
against are now trying to achieve everything they wanted the last
time, and even more, by means of the European Patent Litigation
Agreement (EPLA)."

Wlodzimierz Marcinski, the then Polish deputy minister of science
who blocked an EU Council decision in favor of software patents
all alone on December 21, 2004, said he looks forward "to reading
Florian Mueller's book that tells the story from the perspective
of the citizens who became involved and through their untiring
commitment made such a difference."

When Mueller announced his book in late March, reviewers were
enthusiastic: For William New, editor-in-chief of the news
service Intellectual Property Watch (www.ip-watch.org), Mueller's
book "really reads like a spy novel, very instructive as well as
entertaining and engaging." Professor Brian Kahin, former Senior
Policy Analyst at the White House Office on Science and
Technology Policy, says: "Mueller's lucid, gripping account
succeeds as an engrossing introduction to one of the major policy
problems of our time and to Europe's struggle for integration."

Benjamin Henrion of the non-governmental organization FFII
comments that the book "vividly conveys the feeling of what we
experienced", and considers it a "must-read for all who are
concerned about software patents, and for those who want to know
how things work in EU politics." Kaj Arnö, vice-president of
community relations at open source database maker MySQL AB, felt
like "standing in a parliament and talking directly to the
politicians who made the decisions" when reading the manuscript.


Publisher: SWM Software-Marketing GmbH (Florian Mueller's own

Copy-editor: Wendy Grossman (www.pelicancrossing.net), a UK-based
journalist from the US, copy-edited Mueller's manuscript.

Other language editions: The book has been simultaneously
published in German ("Die Lobbyschlacht um Softwarepatente",


Florian Mueller
Phone +49 - 81 51 - 2 10 88
fmueller.nosoftwarepatents at gmail.com
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