Trivial patents *not the problem* (was: Re: [ILUG] Re: ILUG sends
s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs)
colm at stdlib.net
Mon Mar 21 14:57:24 GMT 2005
On Mon, Mar 21, 2005 at 02:40:03PM +0000, Barry O'Donovan wrote:
> Now, from another perspective, the large multinationals that support
> software patentability (or any other directive or law) usually have
> well paid professional lobbyists working in Ireland and in the E.U. (as
> well as the other member states). These people have the ear of the
> politicians because they bring big money into the country by way of
> capital investment, corporate tax, jobs etc. Fair enough. FOSS
> hobbyists and enthusiasts do not have equivalent lobbyists. Nor the ear
> of politicians without a lot of hard work. So, usually, the people we
> elect to represent us hear loudly and directly from the multinationals
> and whispers, if at all, from the rest of us. This may be the
> democratic society we live in but it doesn't seem very fair.
It's totally unfair :(
> > we can do without software hobbyists in favour of greater employment
> > (say) ?
> Well we have had both software hobbyists and inceasing employment for
> years. They have happily co-existed. Are we not the (or at least one
> of) the biggest software exporters in the world?
We are, thanks mainly to one company - who run all of their european
sales through here for tax benefits, and it's pretty clear they're not
in favour of patents.
> This is the status-quo. We do not need to prove the argument that
> software patentability will yield greater employment because we do
> not have software patentability and we do have a growing number of
> ICT jobs.
There might be more, who's to know? The argument does need to be proven,
because it is essentially all the politicians care about.
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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