We don’t normally run banner ads but this is something I thought was worth advertising…
In February 2002, the European Commission proposed a directive that would legalise software patents. However, the European Parliament decided in its Plenary Vote of 24th September 2003 to fix all the loopholes in this proposal and explicitly banned software patents.
Currently, the European Council of Ministers is discussing this directive. Their internal working party proposes to simply discard all clarifying amendments from the Parliament. They want to make everything patentable.
That is not an option Europe is willing to accept. We showed them this on 27 August 2003. We will show them again on 14 April 2004.
In protest we are running the banner ads and will be closed on the 14th of April 2004 for the entire day, if you wish to know more or participate in this protest please visit http://demo.ffii.org