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Software-patent directive again in European Parliament

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Software-patent directive again in European Parliament

The Software-patent directive will com ?for a second reading in the 
European Parliament. By the end of June follows the poll concerning this 
directive. The first time that this directive has been addressed, many 
question raised. FNV Zelfstandige Bondgenoten has the opinion that the 
directive should not be adopted. Software patents make developing 
software - including for niche markets - for independent software 
developers no longer feasible.


The Commission for legal matters (JURI) of the European Parliament has 
agreed on 2 February with major majority to do again the negotiation 
process concerning the controversial software-patent directive.
This prevented that the software-patent directive, which is based very 
much on the American situation, would be adopted. The disadvantage of 
this is that American and Japanese companies have many patents and 
European companies do not. Besides that, to get hold over and maintain a 
patent requires a lot of endurance and much money. Independent software 
developers will not be able to do this, even if they have been granted 


Meanwhile 350,000 European ICT-ers signed a petition against the planned 
directive. FNV Zelfstandige Bondgenoten together with FNV Bondgenoten 
and the European Trade Union take action in this matter. More 
information is to find on http://www.ict.fnv.nl/. Interests of employees 
and independent deevelopers appear not compatible. Philips, a large 
employer in ICT is proponent of the directive.

Opponents of the directive

The planned directive has bizar and far-reaching impact. For example 
will it be possible to patent a certain kind of Internet site, for 
example a condeleance-site. But also, a button with a Question-mark on 
it could be patented.
Always having to check software for patents and patent-costs makes 
software expensive, and tailor-made software can get too expensive for 
smaller organisations and institutions. For this reason also 
consumer-organisations and SME-organisations are against the directive.

The planned directive has for European terms bizarre and far-reaching 
impact, because also a certain type of Internet site can be patented, 
for example the condeleance on Internet, also on for example knopje with 
a question sign can a patent rest. Constant verifying software on at and 
monitoring patents costs eventually much money, makes software expensive 
and makes a tailor-made job for smaller organisations and institutions 
invaluable. For this reason also consumer groups and SMES are against 
this directive.

Possible outcomes

It is the task of the parliament now, to come to a good and feasible 
decision concerning the directive. But because it is now in the 
Parliament for second reading, the possibility remains open that the 
initially formulated directive is adopted unaltered. This happens if too 
few parlementariers which want the directive to be amended or rejected 
(so that there an entirely new proposal can be developed) show up

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