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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RE: Good
by cdude on Thu 13th Jun 2013 12:44 UTC in reply to "Good"
cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

"urges the German government"
Please do, nothing done yet. Voting coming, afterwards there are 4 years more to do nothing.

But still good the problem is recognized and named even if only for elections.

Edited 2013-06-13 12:46 UTC

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RE[2]: Good
by aargh on Thu 13th Jun 2013 14:55 in reply to "RE: Good"
aargh Member since:
2009-10-12

I don't understand this, either. Doesn't the German parliament make laws like other parliaments? Why the hell does it urge government (which is supposed to be the executive branch of the state) instead of passing a law and being done with it?

The article focuses on things we know, software patents are bad, blah blah, but I'm missing the process background here.

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RE[3]: Good
by przemo_li on Thu 13th Jun 2013 15:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Because law already make software patents illegal. European Patent Convention (IIRC EU child), have explicit exception for software as unpatentable.

European Patent Office however do grant patents. (Its not EU institution, each and every european country can be member of this..)

So law is ok.

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RE[3]: Good
by cyrilleberger on Fri 14th Jun 2013 07:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

Doesn't the German parliament make laws like other parliaments? Why the hell does it urge government (which is supposed to be the executive branch of the state) instead of passing a law and being done with it?


Actually like in many parliaments (to the exception of the USian one and probably a few other), they mostly vote and amend laws that originate from the executive branch.

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