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Archived updates for Monday, March 07, 2005

EU Council Adopts Software Patentability Directive

According to a report from ZDNetUK today, the EU Council has approved the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, despite requests from Denmark, Poland and Portugal "to reject the directive."

According to a press release from the anti-software patent activists at The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), those requests included:
  • Cyprus submitting a written declaration at the start of the Council session
  • Poland, Denmark, Portugal and others (not specified) asking for a "B item" (discussion point), that would have allowed the item to be renegotiated
  • The Luxembourg presidency claiming this was not possible due to procedural reasons, and that this would have undermined the whole process -> it would stay on the list of A-items
  • Luxembourg then giving a long statement regarding how the EP still gets a chance in second reading, the importance of avoiding legal uncertainty etc.
  • Denmark indicating that it was disappointed about this, but accepted and submitted a written declaration
  • Later on, the list of A items was accepted by the Council
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Blogger Bill Heinze said...

Groklaw's AdamBaker has been kind enough to do a quick, rough translation of the audio that FFII made available of the EU Commission meeting. See

March 08, 2005 7:12 AM  
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