No to software patents
I am sorry for spamming you, but I consider the message below really
important for anti-pattent battle.
For those who don't know. Currently it is not possible to patent
software solutions in Europe. However, there is an intensive and
aggressive lobbing for making patenting possible. I don't have to
tell you which companies are lobbing for it. Allowing software
patents would be a significant threat to small software companies and
open source community (including us, Win32::GuiTest group).
So far European Parliament has rejected the directive allowing
patents. By the way, it is really interesting to observe how did the
directive make their way through several commisions. In really
unclear circumstances it was passing consecutive votings.
Fortunatelly it was finaly rejected.
But the war is not over. Companies like M$, exploiting low level of
awarness of ordinary people, are trying to convince that patents will
stimulate the economy growth.
I believe that making anti-patent campaing leader an European of the
year, would help us attract public attention to the matter.
Dear Supporters of ThankPoland.info,
By thanking the Polish government for its courageous intervention
software patents, you have already been very helpful (you may refer to
http://wiki.ffii.org/Sejm050216En for details and some pictures of the
"Thank Poland" ceremony which took place in Warsaw in February of this
year, in the Polish Parliament, Sejm.)
There is now a new and extremely similar opportunity to make a
against software patents by taking a minute to fill out a simple
form. The founder of the NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign, Florian
is currently running in an Internet poll for the "European of the
against such celebrities as U2 frontman Bono and politicians like
Schroeder, Merkel and Blair. For voting recommendations and further
information, please click here:
When I was in Warsaw, I learned from Polish politicians that Florian's
NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign website has had a significant impact
them. Two Polish politicians have told me personally that they had
printed out information from NoSoftwarePatents.com and used it to
other politicians about the issue. Florian, who had come to Warsaw
"Thank Poland" ceremony, also played a key role during the press
In view of all this, I have no doubt that Florian deserves to win
"Campaigner of the Year" and "European of the Year" awards. There is
realistic chance that we can, by voting for him on the Internet, make
the new "European of the Year", which would demonstrate to
press and the public that software patents are highly unpopular.
every vote for Florian is a strong vote for freedom from software
It is necessary to vote for one candidate in each of the ten
Florian is running in two of them, and there are also other
which we can support those who opposed software patents and vote
those who wanted to make software legally patentable in Europe.
P.S. Everyone can participate in this Internet poll, including
non-Europeans. On the NoSoftwarePatents.com site, texts (and
banners) are available in more than a dozen languages. You can
send emails to make friends aware of this Internet referendum.
Today, five celebrities from the world of free and open-source
software (Richard Stallman, Tim O'Reilly, Alan Cox, Rasmus
and Monty Widenius) also called on their supporters to vote for