European Parliament rejects software patents bill

The Eurpoean Parliament has rejected the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive 648 to 14. No software patents for us! Hooray!

Hooray! I’m not sure I’m being clear enough about this. That’s bloody fantastic news.

“Hi-tech firms supporting the directive said it was vital to protect the fruits of their research and development.” The SME market, ordinary users, open-source development groups, and Stuart Langridge all said “we’re not going to sign away our ability to write software to a few firms with deep pockets“. Hooray!

“More than 1,700 Europe-wide companies, represented by the Free Information Infrastructure UK (FFII-UK), joined the plea for the European Union to reject any law which patents software.” I think all of you who are relieved and pleased by this decision should raise a glass to Rufus Pollock and the FFII for representing our views. They’ve done a great job, and they must be really rather happy today. Well done, guys.
Update: those of you thinking “bloody free software hippies, why are software patents bad anyway? Stop whining!” might want to read Why Can’t I Patent My Movie? for the lowdown.

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