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Niall Walsh writes:
> On Wednesday 06 July 2005 02:54, Justin Mason wrote:
> > You think that's good?
>> No, I think Kathy Sinnott's reply (01:48:10-01:50:07) is good, but f*
> transcribing that now! So here's so highlights ...
>> "Software Programming is of enormous importance to my constituents in Ireland.
> So much so that I have received literally bags of correspondence asking me to
> vote one way or another. Understanding the nuance and repurcussions of our
> decision is certainly not an easy task. Today what we are talking about, to
> put it simply, is the ownership of ideas.
>> In software the great ideas of yesterday are the building blocks of the great
> ideas of tomorrow. These ideas can be used by all to further the science and
> to drive progress. One of the beauties of the software industry is that a
> lone programmer can sit down and write an intersting program. He can give it
> to others in exchange for a fee or he can put it on the Open Source domain
> where everyone is free to use it and to add to it. By it's nature what he
> has done is straight forward and millions of people do exactly what he has
> done. That is what has driven innovation to date and has propelled the
> information society and the state of art forward.
>> How much innovation do you think will occur if that lone programmer needs to
> contract a team of patent lawyers. If we here today decide ... or tommorrow
> decide to add patentability to software, programmers all over Europe might be
> breaking the law without even knowing they were doing so until it's too late.
> If we allow patents how much of the creativity and freedom to think will be
> stifled by the fear of infringement of one of the hundred of thousands of
> patents that will exist, patents that are registered or bought and that will
> control the very tools that the programmer must use to exist as a programmer.
>> I urge deputies to support every amendment that retains freedom from
> patentability. This will give us the strongest position when we negotiat
> with council.
>> Thank you."
>> Too good to snip!
>> A little faith restored.
wow, that's excellent -- she really gets it!
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