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EU Approves Controversial Patent Proposal

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Published: 2005-03-07

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A controversial software patents proposal has been approved by the EU Council, but has been opposed by many developers.

Denmark, Poland and Portugal also opposed the proposal.

A CNET article explains:

"As it now stands, the directive would legalize software patents. Supporters say the directive would protect research and development investments by European companies. Opponents say it would stifle innovation.

According to Florian Mueller, an antipatent campaigner who watched the public part of the meeting, a minister from Luxembourg said the directive is being adopted to ensure that the council adheres to its processes and thus avoid creating problems for other directives."


"This is a very sad day for democracy and casts a very dark shadow over the European Constitution, which will give the council even more power," said the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure.

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