In gmane.user-groups.linux.ilug.general, you wrote:
> I've been scratching my head for months trying to come up with a
> convincing economic medium-term argument for politicans, and I still
> don't see one. The best I can come up is to broadly handwave and speak
> only about Europe's economy, just never mention Ireland sub-economy, and
> hope they don't notice.
So what you're saying is software patents are (in the short to medium term)
genuinely beneficial to the Irish economy but are harmful to most other
nations and in the long term they're probably harmful to all concerned.
If the above is not good enough reason for our politicians to oppose the
legislation, it should certainly be for everyone else's. Maybe it would be
more productive to write a complete argument stating the above and give it
to the policitians of every other country which is being screwed. We won't
affect their votes, but their economy certainly will.
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