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Daniel Goldsmith writes:
> It says miuch that the meeting which pushed through the patents
> directive (thus far) was apparently made up of members who didn't know
> the rules under which they operate, allowing the Luxembourger
> presidency to put the item through in direct violation of those rules.
> Of course, doing anything about that now would be a violation of the
> 'entente' which governs the Council/Commission - that is to say the
> system of so-called gentlemanly agreements.
FWIW, most of what I've read seems to indicate that it's *our* politicians
- -- notably Harney and McCreevy -- who've been primarily responsible for
the pro-swpat steamroller attempts in this process over the past year.
Sadly, this has given rise to a tide of anti-Irish vitriol, such as ,
which is just *great* -- our reputation is being dragged through the dust
by multinational-worshipping FFers and PDers. >:(
But really, the question has to be asked -- why does McCreevy feel that
software patents are worth pushing this hard?
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