On Wed, 9 Mar 2005, Barry O'Donovan wrote:
> I am keeping http://www.kde.ie/patents/email-meps.php up to date with
> responses and clarifications of official opinions. Let me know if I
> have missed any. The latest additions are Mary Lou (inc. a statement)
> and Bairbre De Brun.
Simon Coveney will be voting against software patents. I am awaiting his
permission to publish his response on the KDE site.
Mairead McGuinness's team have informed me that she is bogged down with
the local election campaign and will get back to me in a couple of days. I
have moved her to the "in correspondance" section.
> > Dear MEP,
> > You have no doubt been receiving a number of e-mails regarding EU
> > Directive COD/2002/0047 in relation to software patentability. There
> > are a number of organisations working to lobby our Irish MEPs on this
> > topic.
> > I have set up a web page to make it easier for those wishing to
> > contact their local MEPs regarding this and that site can be found at
> > http://www.kde.ie/patents/. I want to make it clear that my (and our)
> > intention is in no way whatsoever to bomb-bard you with e-mails or to
> > waste your time.
> > We all believe that if software ideas become patentable it will spell
> > disaster for Irish (and European) SMEs, researchers, scientists and
> > consumers. By e-mailing you we simply wish to ensure that you are
> > aware that there are a great many people working in these areas in
> > Ireland who are truly concerned about this issue.
> > If you are opposed to software patentability and intend to either
> > amend the directive or ensure that it does not pass in its current
> > form and would like to make that position public I would be happy to:
> > - remove your address from the website e-mailing system so you
> > will not be bothered about an issue you are already aware of;
> > - carry a statement from you stating your position on our website
> > (and possibly other sites).
> > If you are undecided or in favour of the directive as it stands and
> > wish to express your opinions then we are, of course, happy to carry
> > a statement from you expressing that opinion also.
> > If you would like anymore information on this issue and its possible
> > consequences then please do not hesitate to contact me. You may also
> > refer to these sites:
> > http://ifso.ie/projects/swpats.html> > http://ifso.ie/> > http://swpat.ffii.org/> >
> > and particularly:
> > http://ifso.ie/projects/swpats.html#why> >
> > Again, I want to emphasise that our intention in e-mailing you (and
> > in making it easy to e-mail you) is not to alienate you or to waste
> > your time. Everyone that does e-mail you has taken the time to do
> > that and is in the very industry which stands to lose most from this.
> > We simply want to ensure that you are aware of the importance of this
> > issue to Ireland's "knowledge based economy".
> > Thank you for you time,
> > Barry O'Donovan
> > Official Representatives and Press Contact
> > The K Desktop Environment
> > http://www.kde.ie/> >
> > Researcher, Software Developer and System Administrator
> > Department of Computer Science
> > University College Dublin
> > http://www.cs.ucd.ie/> >
> > --
> > Regards,
> > Barry O'Donovan
> > http://www.barryodonovan.com/> > http://www.ihl.ucd.ie/> >
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