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Re: non-free firmware in kernel modules, aggregation and unclear copyright notice.



On Fri, 08 Apr 2005 09:44:59 -0300 Humberto Massa wrote:

> Sven Luther wrote:
> 
> >  patents are problematic, and upto recently there where no software
> >  patents in europe, so i don't really care. I am not sure about the
> 
> AFAIK software patents are still not effective in Europe (as in you 
> cannot sue anyone for them yet, even if you can register some). Can 
> anyone from EU confirm this?

On 7 March 2005, the European Council Presidency (Luxembourg) sadly
adopted the software patent "agreement" of 18 May 2004.
In order to do so, the Presidency violated the Council own rules.

  http://wiki.ffii.org/Cons050307En

This basically means that the text will go back to the European
Parliament for a second reading in which there are few possibilities to
reject it (if I recall correctly, a qualified majority is needed).

However, the directive is still to be approved by the Parliament *and*
then implemented in Eureopean Union member states.
Consequently, if I understand correctly, software patents are still
unenforceable in EU.

P.S.: we must do something to avoid this disaster! please, help!

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