My homepage is closed. I’m participating to the Web Demo Against Software Patents. Please, do the same!
On 6th July in Strasbourg the European Parliament could Save Europe from Software Patents
The Software Patents Directive, as approved by the European Council of Ministers, would codify US-style Software Patents in the European Union.
If that happens, software developers will no longer own what they write and can be sued for selling or distributing their own software.
If you don’t inform your parliament, mega-corporations are doing the job for you: “The European Parliament is filled with lobbyists of Microsoft, Eicta, CompTIA and so on. There are 30 to 40 lobbyists permanently roaming the halls.” (in Eweek, 21 June (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1829955,00.asp))
What you can do
1. Participate in the Web Demo until the vote of 6th of July
2. Please send nice faxes or make phone calls to your representatives in the European Parliament (http://www.ffii.org/~gibuskro/meplist/) and ask them to follow the FFII voting recommendations (http://europarl.ffii.org/amendments.en.html). You can also ask them to follow the rapporter Rocard.