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Online demo against software patents!

Item posted by Rudy Gevaert <rudy> on Sun 24 Aug 2003 02:16:37 PM UTC.

In the face of the planned decision in the beginning of September
concerning the legalization of Software Patents in Europe, the FFII[1]
is organizing a wave of protest[2]. Savannah Projects are encouraged
to participate in the accompanying Online Demo[3].

The idea of the Online Demo is that with software
patents many sites running/serving possibly patent infringing software
have to go offline sooner or later. So why not demonstrate this effect
before it's too late?

To find out whether a project is already infringing upon patents, the
following resources are of interest:
(*) http://swpat.ffii.org/patents/index.en.html : European Software
Patent Horror Gallery
(*) http://ep.espacenet.com/ :The EPO's patent data base (includes US
and other patents)
(*) http://patinfo.ffii.org/patente.html>: Some examples (in German)

Note that in spite of the current legislation (see
http://www.european-patent-office.org/legal/epc/e/ar52.html#A52 Art. 52 of the European Patent Convention) many trivial software patents
have already been granted in Europe.

[1] http://www.ffii.org
[2] http://swpat.ffii.org/news/03/demo0819/index.en.html
[3] http://swpat.ffii.org/group/demo/index.en.html

Comments:

End of the story (posted by Mathieu Roy, Thu 25 Sep 2003 11:23:32 AM UTC)

The text adopted follows the recommendations of http://swpat.ffii.org/

Basically, we've won :))


list of web sites closed on savannah ? (posted by Yves Mettier, Thu 28 Aug 2003 10:17:06 PM UTC)

Hi

Just wondering: is there a list of web sites closed on savannah ?
Or at least some statistics nb_closed_sites/nb_sites ?

Yves


Vote reported (posted by Mathieu Roy, Thu 28 Aug 2003 08:49:55 PM UTC)

The vote is reported to September the 22th, so we shut off the demo for now.


I would like to join... (posted by Beda Kosata, Wed 27 Aug 2003 07:21:27 AM UTC)

...but as the server does not update the protest page is sitting in the CVS :(


   

 

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