[vlc-devel] Re: Excellent News on Software Patents
twotailedfox at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 18:08:40 CEST 2005
Nokia, Microsoft, and the big guns will try again, but I fear they
will go the back road, and do it one country at a time.
And then they will try passing a pan-european law to 'harmonise' the
EU Country's laws
On 7/6/05, Attila Kinali <attila at kinali.ch> wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Jul 2005 16:24:51 +0100
> TwoTailedFox <twotailedfox at gmail.com> wrote:
> > "THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has rejected the introduction of the software
> > patent directive by a 648-18 vote."
> > That's a 630 Majority. One Heck of a good result for software freedom!
> It's not bad, but that doesn't make it good. Please note
> that because there is now no directive at all that the current
> practice will be continued. This means that although most countries
> do not legaly accept patents on software, that they are still
> granted and can be enforced. Of course it would be possible
> to invalidate them in curt, but who does have the money for
> such a battle ? Especialy if this battle has to be fought
> in every country over and over again ?
> Especialy the people around videolan should know what
> that means, the whole libdca case isn't that old.
> Yes, it's true, we didn't lose the war, we don't have
> software patents yet, but we haven't won it yet.
> We did not even win the battle. It's nothing
> more than a stalemate.
> We have to continue our fight until the whole threat is forever gone.
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