If patent law had been applied to novels in the 1880s, great books would not have been written. If the EU applies it to software, every computer user will be restricted...
I highly recommend you read this and after that do whatever you can to stop software patents. If we don't act now, huge and greedy companies will have even more power to stifle innovation and stop competition from smaller and medium companies and free and opensource software. I'm sure you don't want this to happen. So write/phone your MEPs, put banners against software patents on your web pages and blogs and let other people know that they are in great danger. I hope together we will manage to stop software patents like they did in India.