Faulty software patents directive adopted
The damage is almost done. Yesterday the Council Presidency has adopted the faulty software patents directive. They have done so despite qualified majority of member states demanding to make the directive a B-item. This is a violation of the procedural rules and the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) has already asked for Council decision documentation. If things stay as they are now, the directive will go to European Parliament for a second reading. In the worst case we can only hope that then something is done to fix the broken directive. Otherwise bad times are ahead for small and medium companies and open source developers and consequently for all of us.
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