Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Apr 2006 15:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Legal A company called eSoft was recently granted a patent for "systems and methods for selecting, ordering, installing, managing, updating, and if necessary, uninstalling software applications." Their first step has been to sue their major competitors, but it appears that online software update systems of all kinds could be covered by this patent, which would mean that Windows Update, OS X Software Update, Redhat's up2date, and YUM, among others, would be infringing.
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RE[3]: so glad
by Marlor on Tue 4th Apr 2006 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: so glad"
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The European Parliament voted against software patents with a margin of 648 votes to 14. However, this means nothing, since the EU Commission can totally ignore the European Parliament's vote. The EU Commission is still aiming for Software Patents to be introduced this year:

So, an unelected body can overrule the European Parliament and introduce software patents anyway. Welcome to European "democracy".

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