In my view software patents are only good for lawyer departments of bigger companies. They wanted to introduce such laws in EU and it was big issue in german internet this week, but Polish minister Wlodzimierz Marcinski stopped the thing at least for a while.
My own government acted in a way .... Might give some ex moderator of this forum a warm fuzzy feeling. Merry Christmas.
After having been targeted by a demo campaign, Germany's minister of agriculture, Renate K�nast of the Green Party, stayed away from the meeting.
Instead a diplomat from the German representation in Brussels was sent with instructions to nod off the text.
This openly showed a rift within the government. Meanwhile the German minister of justice hinted a possible will to make concessions and renegotiate the Council Agreement. Her ministry had, in spite of unanimous cricicism from all parties in the parliament, tried to push the agreement through today.
but thanks to polish minister acting wide behind enemy lines of axis Berlin-Paris-Brussel (and Amsterdam) we are not yet lost.
Few people had expected the appearance of the Polish Minister of Science and Computerisation (literally "State Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Informatisation), Wlodzimierz Marcinski. Marcinski came personally to Brussels to present Poland's point of view, because the permanent representatives of Poland at the EU had been put under great pressure by the Dutch Presidency to accept the text, rather than to communicate the wishes of the Polish government.
Axel [ December 23, 2004: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]