For A Free Information Infrastructure
national european associations who share the same goals
european software makers and service companies
More generally, we want to promote a free information infrastructure in
order to garantee optimal economic conditions for free competition, innovation
and technology diffusion in the IT industry.
protect and promote Linux in Europe
protect and promote Commercial software and service activities for Linux
protect and promote GNU, FreeBSD, XFree, TeX, KDE and other Free Software
protect and promote Open Standards and Open Interfaces in Europe
protect and promote Competition and Innovation in the IT industry
Convince the European Union that patents on programming methods as they
stand in the US are dangerous for the european economy
Help European Linux companies to know each other and to export
their products and services
Europe Citizens - Act Now !
Protect Business and Liberty from Software Patents
Although big names such as Oracle, Adobe, etc. had claimed that patents
on software are more harmful than useful, the US law system has allowed
for a decade the filing of patents for elementary software processes. The
30.000 software patents filed every year are now used to attack and eliminate
independant software publishers or free software authors.
After intensive American lobbying efforts, Japan also introduced software
patents. Europe seems to be the next on the list.
On June 24 and 25 1999 in Paris, France, the member states of the Munchen
convention are planning to legalize software patents in Europe. No study
has been made by member states about the economic impact of legalizing
software patents for independent software publishers and developers. Such
a decision would create a lot of juridical uncertainty, playing havoc with
the whole european independent software industry, obstructing competition
and, in the mid term, slowing down innovation and investment in the software
We encourage you to write to the people
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This Web site is dedicated to the protection of innovation, competition
and open source software against the use and abuse of software patents.
Europe is currently prohibiting software patents which gives its members
an economic advantage, protects open source software all over the
world and stimulates innovation made by small companies. However, powerful
pressures are trying to make Europe change
its wise position on software patents. freepatents.org thinks the new EU
position on software patents is a threat to competition, small companies,
innovation and open source software.
ARISEM is a european company making very innovative indexing and searching
software with advanced proprietary technologies based on semantic networks.
Their software is used in multinational companies for economic intelligence.
They think that software, just like ideas, should not be patentable and
that a patent free software industry is necessary for innovation. more...
11/6/1999 Jean Ferré (ARISEM) : "Software Patents mean the death
of spontaneous innovation"
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