Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jun 2013 11:43 UTC
Legal "The German Parliament, the Bundestag, has introduced a joint motion against software patents. The resolution urges the German government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. In the resolution, the Parliament says that patents on software restrict developers from exercising their copyright privileges, including the right to distribute their programs as Free Software. They promote the creation of monopolies in the software market, and hurt innovation and job creation." After New Zealand, we now have one of the most powerful economies in the world moving to ban software patents for all the reasons smart people have been outlining for years. also: "The government should also push to ensure that software is covered by copyright alone, and that patent offices (including the European Patent Office) stop granting patents on software." Germany is not a country the EU can ignore. Very good news, this.
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by seanc7 on Thu 13th Jun 2013 14:43 UTC
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I'm curious what the US government reaction will be, how much lobbying will the major patent holders (MS, Apple, and the rest) use against the US government to make sure Germany and the EU don't drop patents. Of course they may not need that, those companies can just say they'll stop selling their stuff in any country that follows through. Guess it depends how powerful those companies feel they are in those countries.

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