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Fighting software patents in Europe

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Fighting software patents in Europe
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 21:33:20 -0700 (MST)

The European Commission has published a proposal to legalize software
patents and treat all "computer implementable" ideas as patentable.
This proposal was written for the European Commission by a patent
expert from the Business Software Alliance.  It ignores the opinions
of 100,000 signatories of the Eurolinux Petition for a Software Patent
Free Europe, the interests of most European software companies, and the
evidence of economic studies that software patents are harmful.

Please read the detailed analysis at

and help the FFII and the EuroLinux Alliance mobilize to turn this
defeat into a victory.

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