Stop Software Patents European Petition

About The Campaign

This campaign against the legalization of software patents is independent from political organizations and parties. It has received the financial support of a small group of software and IT companies.

In this campaign, we don't mince words. The issue of software patents is critical for our future. We have to speak out clearly on what is wrong with software patents, and which structural deficiencies the patent system needs to work on before it can even think of expanding into any new areas.

We do respect those we disagree with. Large corporations have the right to believe that software patents would enhance their shareholder value. We view that differently. We think that software patents are bad for the entire economy and society with the exception of a small group of people who make money with them. We have no other choice than to debunk all of the lies that the proponents of software patents spread, yet we don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings.

We understand the difficulties that politicians face, still we want them to take a responsible decision and disallow software patents in the EU. Given the huge number of issues that politicians need to deal with, we realize that some may not have taken the time yet to fully comprehend the problem of software patents. We're trying hard to make them understand. It's quite obvious that some politicians simply pander to their large donators from big industry. However, a majority in the European Parliament voted against software patents, and also national parliaments, e.g. in the Netherlands, Denmark or Germany, voted similarily, which is an indication that a large number of politicians are honest.

Transparency is one of our most important goals. Through this website and other activities, we want to make many people aware of any attempts by politicians and other individuals, and by some organizations, to mislead them. If any politicians thought so far that they could get away with lies, then they will lose the confidence and the support of some voters unless they become honest.

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Apr. 2007: New Patent Proposals: Single EU patent law good for US giants, bad for small EU firms >>
Feb. 2007: EPLA contradicts EU law >>
Jan. 2007: EU Council Presidency - SME call for change in patent policy >>
Dec. 2006: - Forum available again >>
Dec. 2006: Commission's DG Internal Market achieves Worst Lobby Award >>
Dec. 2006: FFII President says current patent system not sustainable >>
Dec. 2006: McCreevy laments unpopular EPLA >>
Nov. 2006: Patent industry writes ICT task force report "on behalf of SMEs"
  >> FFII press release
  >> Techworld article
Nov. 2006: FFII announces the European Patent Conference (EUPACO): "Towards a New European Patent System" >>
Oct. 2006: European Parliament turns around EPLA resolution >>
Mar. 2006: Software patent critics respond to EU Commission's consultation paper on patent policy
  >> FFII press release
  >> Florian Mueller blog
Jan. 2006: EU software patents rear their ugly head again
  >> IDG article
  >> Euractiv article
  >> ZDNet article
Parliament says No to software patents >> becomes an FFII platform
  >> Press Release
  >> ZDNet article
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