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No EU Software Patents

23rd November 2004

. The three most famous European authors of open-source software have issued an appeal against software patents on Linus Torvalds (Linux), Michael Widenius (MySQL) and Rasmus Lerdorf (PHP) urge the EU Council, which will convene later in the week, not to adopt a draft directive on software patents that they consider “deceptive, dangerous, and democratically illegitimate”. They also call on the Internet community to express solidarity by placing links and banners on many Web sites.

Defend the future! Europe's better off without software patents.

It would be nice if someone with some serious design credentials would knock up some more aesthetically pleasing banners.

This is No EU Software Patents by Simon Willison, posted on 23rd November 2004.

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