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RE: Imminent Danger of Software Patents in Europe

FYI: Das W3C hat vorgestern eine Presseerklärung über unsere Erfahrungen
mit Software-Patenten herausgegeben. Siehe


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-debate@fitug.de [mailto:owner-debate@fitug.de]On Behalf Of
> PILCH Hartmut
> Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 10:02 AM
> To: debate@fitug.de
> Subject: RMS: Imminent Danger of Software Patents in Europe
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date:          Mon, 3 May 1999 00:35:52 -0600 (MDT)
> From:          Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> There is a push now to make Europe have software patents
> like the US.  If this happens, it could be disastrous for
> free software (and bad for anyone who wants to develop software
> in Europe).
> I hope that you can make an effort to organize programmers and free
> software users in Germany, and to talk with the German government to
> raise opposition to the plan.  If two countries object to the plan,
> that will be enough to block the plan.
> For more info, send mail to jp@smets.com--he is organizing an effort
> in France, and seems to be having some success with the French
> government.  Then please spread the word.  This calls for political
> action and there are only about 7 weeks to do it.
> -phm