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Some context, for those of us who don't know what this is about?

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The context is "proposed law on patents". The problematic spot is wheter
it allows pure/trivial software patents or not.
Besides this core issue the overall procedure doesn't look very
democratic: the counil simply ignored the votes of the european
parliament and many local parliaments (eg. germany).

---From http://swpat.ffii.org/index.en.html
While the EU Parliament has proposed a clear exclusion of software
patents, the Commission and Council have ignored the Parliament's
proposal and reinstated the most uncompromisingly pro-patent text in May
2004. However this text does not enjoy the support of a qualified
majority of member states. Yet the Council has refused to renegotiate
and is still trying to push the text through. Meanwhile the European
Parliament has asked for a restart of the procedure. The Council and
Commission still seem inclined to ignore the Parliament's request and to
interpret the EU's rules of procedure in an anti-democratic spirit.
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Today the council adopted the software patent agreement.


Colin Fleming schrieb:

Some context, for those of us who don't know what this is about?

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