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European Council sneaks Sofware Patents

This morning I was apawled and disgusted by yet another attempt of the
european council in adopting the software patent agreement of 18 May
2004. Previous attempts failed (yaay, Poland!)
Information taken from [ffii.org]:

Cyprus submitted a written declaration at the start of the Council
session. Poland, Denmark, Portugal and others (not specified) asked for
a B item (discussion point). The Luxembourg presidency claimed this was
not possible due to procedural reasons, and that this would have
undermined the whole process -> it would stay on the list of A-items.
Luxembourg then gave a long statement regarding how the EP still gets a chance in second reading, the importance of avoiding leg
al uncertainty etc.
Denmark said it was disappointed about this, but accepted and submitted
a written declaration. Later on, the list of A items was accepted by the

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