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[Nettime-nl] Dutch Parliament Reverses Software Patent Vote
Arthur Elsenaar on Fri, 2 Jul 2004 23:38:40 +0200 (CEST)

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op Slashdot vandaag, het navolgendende onverwachte nieuws. In het  
engels welliswaar, maar ik verwacht dat elke geintegreerde wereldburger  
op z'n minst de 2000 woorden engels kent waarmee je dit kunt lezen.

ps: als je echt geen engels kunt lezen, klik dan op een linkje  
hieronder van webwereld of tweakers.

Dutch Parliament Reverses Software Patent Vote

"On May 18th, by a thin majority, the European Council of Ministers  
voted in favor of throwing out the European Parliament's efforts to  
keep software patents out of Europe. According to an FFII press  
release, the Dutch Parliament yesterday voted to change its Minister's  
vote, which was in favor, to an abstension. This is an unprecidented  
move and a great coup for those fighting against software patents,  
never before has a country reversed a vote in this manner. While this  
is not sufficient to reverse the decision of the Council of Ministers,  
it does pave the way for other countries, many of which were pressured  
into an affirmative vote, to do the same. Now is the time for citizens  
of the EU to put pressure on their national governments to follow the  
Dutch lead."


  Also see:

  The Inquirer [http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=16984]: "A plan by  
the European Council of Ministers to force the continent wide adoption  
of the Directive on Software Patents suffered a blow yesterday  
[http://kwiki.ffii.org/?NlVote040701En] when the Dutch Parliament  
ordered a minister to withdraw the country's support".

  Groklaw [http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040702085542832]  
says "The Dutch parliament is making news. It has just withdrawn its  
vote for the Directive on Software Patents. It's a proof-of-concept  
vote, you might say, the first time such a move has been taken in the  
history of the EU, demonstrating that other countries are free to do  
the same, as we reported on June 22.".

  In Germany, Heise  [http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/48796]  
covers the story. In the Netherlands, the story is making headlines all  
over the place, lik e for example on webwereld  
[http://www.webwereld.nl/nieuws/18944.phtml] and Tweakers.net  

  This sudden change of direction is a long story  
[http://osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=7442], in which a classic case  
of desinformation of the Parliament triggered a whole process of  
debates and motions.

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