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EuroLinux Alliance

For A Free Information Infrastructure


Members:
national european associations who share the same goals
Sponsors:
european software makers and service companies
Goals:
  • protect and promote Linux in Europe
  • protect and promote Commercial software and service activities for Linux in Europe
  • 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
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.
Program:
  • 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 industry. 

We encourage you to write to the people listed here and express your concerns. 

Please also subscribe to our mailing list so that we can keep you informed of future actions.

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. 


11/6/1999 Jean Ferré (ARISEM) : "Software Patents mean the death of spontaneous innovation"

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...


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MULTILINGUAL [top][FR Francais][DE Deutsch][ES Espaņol][translatable text][howto translate]

EUROLINUX Alliance

for a Free Information Infrastructure

Members:
national european associations who share the same goals
Sponsors:
european software makers and service companies
Goals:
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.
Program:

SHORT-TERM NOTICE: Welcome at the Conference "Informational Monoculture and the Alternatives" on June 13 in Cologne, where people from AFUL and FFII will work hard to launch this project.


http://www.eurolinux.org/indexen.html

1999-06-14 © Jean-Paul SMETS and PILCH Hartmut