Repaying Poland and Denmark

Posted 15 Feb 2005 at 19:44 UTC by lkcl Share This

After the decisions of the Polish and Danish Governments not to back Software Patents, it appears that threats have been made that jobs will be lost.

My question to you all - therefore - is simple.

How can we, the Free Software community, repay any EU member state that refuses to ratify any EU Directives on Software patenting?

That's not bribery - it's Free Software, so there's no actual money involved to change hands over which we or they could get into trouble.

I'm thinking in terms of being able to "give" something rather than to threaten to "take away" - realistically because of the licensing on Free Software, it's not _possible_ to take away - only to "not give".

... if nothing else, it'd make good PR :)

Well, those aren't my jobs ;-), posted 16 Feb 2005 at 02:14 UTC by tk » (Observer)

Maybe write software that uses "patented" technology (i.e. technology patented in other countries). Or is this too contrived?

Danish government?, posted 16 Feb 2005 at 12:31 UTC by abraham » (Master)

The Danish government seem to have an unclear attitude towards software patents. The Danish foreign minister voter for patents, although the transcript make it seem like he was tricked or pushed into it. The EU parliament members from the major government party also voted for.

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