Appeal to the EU Council to block the legalization of software patents

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 11/24/2004 - 01:54.

From Good Morning Silicon Valley, an introduction to the movement of the open source community to block patentability of Software - giving new insight on an issue non-obvious and wrong, in America

You CC'd the USPTO on this letter, right? A group of open-source software
advocates, led by Linux developer Linus Torvalds, has issued an appeal to the EU
Council to block
the legalization of software patents
because they are "deceptive, dangerous,
and democratically illegitimate." In a joint statement, Linus Torvalds, MySQL
co-founder Michael Widenius and PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf, urged the EU Council
to scrap the Directive on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions.
"In the interest of Europe, such a deceptive, dangerous and democratically
illegitimate proposal must not become the Common Position of the member states,"
three open-source luminaries wrote
. "For the sake of innovation and a
competitive software market, we sincerely hope that the European Union will
seize this opportunity to exclude software from patentability. Software patents
are dangerous to the economy at large, and particularly to the European economy.
Copyright serves software authors while patents potentially deprive them of
their own independent creations. Copyright is fair because it is equally
available to all. A software patent regime would establish the law of the
strong, and ultimately create more injustice than justice."