Thursday, February 17, 2005

EU Software Patent Law Faces Axe

European Parliament politicians has rejected a bill that would have allowed softwares to be patented. Which is fantastic news. The bill would now have to go back through consultation and might be binned altogether. Copyrights are sufficient enough to deal with intellectual property.

However the battle is not over. According to this ZDNet news piece, the European Commission may actually ignore the requests by the MEPs to restart it. The EC is under no obligations to follow the directives issued by the European Parliament so we still might see some humps before this mad bill gets scraped.

Source: BBC News

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