Slashdot reports EU Says No To Software Patents. “Moggie68 writes “European parliament has struck down the proposal for a directive that would have brought US-style software patents into EU.”
This sounds good. From my layman’s point of view, I think patents are not healthy in the software industry. Others disagree, and I’ll try to dig up some links to post here, comments I’ve seen that patents may in fact be to the advantage of Open Source. At the least, this is a rejection of a proposal that the European Parliament legal subcommittee had rejected, and was mired in parliamentary moves to resurrect. Let’s hope that the EU can find a rational and legitimate way to choose patents or not, and not a means as slipshod as that used here.