This site closes during 1 July - 6 July in a sign of protest

The Software Patents Directive, as approved by the European Council of Ministers, would codify US-style Software Patents in the European Union. If that happens, software developers will no longer own what they write and can be sued for selling or distributing their own software. This would not only endanger your job, but the entire European software sector. Patents on pure logic would even restrict the freedom of publication.

On the 6th of July, the European Parliament will have the last chance to prevent this. To do so, 367 of the 732 members must be present and vote for the right amendments.

As a sign of protest, the web page of this project will be closed since the 1 July till the day of vote. No hyperlink to the page content will be available. If you need to use the page during that week, please store its content locally. See http://noepatents.eu.org/index.php/NO_Software_Patents for more info. We are sorry for the inconvenience and expect understanding from the non-EU users.

We will close the page by temporary setting the alternative web page address in the project settings.

Project team.

Posted by Audrius Meskauskas 2005-06-22