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[Fsfe-uk] UKIP: More than usually patently mad - software patents fudge
[Fsfe-uk] UKIP: More than usually patently mad - software patents fudge is a minefield
Mon, 24 May 2004 23:01:40 +0100
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Press Release from UKIP, who were going to be at the Stallman talk on
Friday, but Damian Hockney's car broke down on his way back from being
on the BBC's Question Time from Sheffield the night before. So they
sent this on Friday instead.
MORE THAN USUALLY PATENTLY MAD - SOFTWARE PATENTS FUDGE IS A MINEFIELD
The UK Independence Party opposes the latest changes to the Directive.
"We believes that software patents are a barrier to competition, freedom
of expression and economic development," says MEP candidate for London
"The party also believes that such changes should not be forced on
Lobbying by big organisations and effective monopolies to protect their
positions always seem to get the greatest hearing within the European
Union, and the politicians involved from member states have in many
cases been stumbling around bewildered speaking for positions they
neither understand nor know how to express.
For the UK Independence Party, the process over software patenting is an
example of everything that is worst about the process of decision making
and lobbying within the institutions of the European Union. The wrong
decisions are made by the wrong people, acting on partial information by
those who do not understand what they are talking about. In many cases,
they fix agreements specifically against the desires of the parliaments
they allegedly represent. Misleading language has found its way into the
U-turns are made in secret amid a background of backroom dealing.
Accountability is simply overridden, and then the ultimate outcome is
forced onto the statute books of nations who may be specifically opposed
to the measures.
You simply have to look at some of the actions of the European Patents
Office against the spirit of previous rules to see where these
developments will lead to.
As with the European Arrest Warrant, the issue of software patents
strikes at the heart of liberty, competition and free markets:
inevitably this process will lead to the entrenchment of monopoly,
higher prices, stagnant development in the EU, the displacement of the
best and brightest to nations outside the EU and an end to small firms
being able to compete in the market.
Cynics might suggest that some aspects of this were not side issues but
the actual intent.
Attempting now to influence national governments is surely an example of
doing things back to front, but it appears to be the main hope. It is
doubly ironic that many of the monopolies and big lobbyists attempted to
claim that any one who would not support the changes had somehow ruled
themselves out of the democratic process by opposing the European
More than usually patently mad, even for the EU.
Damian Hockney, UK Independence Party, 109-110 Bolsover St, London W1W
5NU - tel 020 7631 3757.
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