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There goes the EU neighborhood. Software patents are set to be approved.
“The EU Council of Ministers seems determined to prove that the EU is a
democracy only on paper. This Wednesday, the Irish Presidency managed
to secure a qualified majority for a counter-proposal on the software
patents directive, with only a few countries - including Belgium and
Germany - showing resistance. The new text proposes to discard all the
amendments from the European Parliament which would limit patentability.
Instead the lax language of the original Commission proposal is to be
reinstated in its entirety, with direct patentability of program text
fragments added as icing on the cake. The proposal is now scheduled to
be confirmed without discussion at a meeting of ministers on 17-18 May,
unless one of the Member States changes its vote.
In a remarkable sign of unity at a time of imminent elections, members
of the European Parliament from all groups across the political spectrum
are condemning this blatant disrespect for democracy in Europe.”