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Date: 2003-04-04

EU: Petition gegen Softwarepat/ente

Liberale und Grüne EU-Parlamentarier laden Vertreter kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen aus EU_Staaten ein, bei einem Hearing am 8. Mai ihren Standpunkt zu Software-Patenten darzulegen.
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Dear Corporate Supporter,

Thank you for signing the

Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe

a while ago.

We now need your support again.

The European Parliament is likely to ratify a Software Patent
Directive, possibly with helpful amendments, in May or June. Detailed
news are found at

The Green and Liberal Fractions of the European Parliament are calling
on representatives of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to speak at a
hearing on May 8th about the Software Patent Directive Project.

Please consider speaking at this hearing, if you can speak for a
company. Companies from Eastern Europe (future member countries) are
also (and even particularly) welcome. Contact us for details.

Everybody in Brussels is speaking about SMEs, SMEs, SMEs. But the
SMEs are phantoms, they are never there. Instead lobbyists are
speaking on behalf of SMEs. Quite a few are asking for software
patents in the name of SMEs.

As a real SME, you are sure to get attention.

Consider spending some time now instead of spending a lot on patent
litigation and monopoly software later on.

Here are a few simple things to do:

(1) Endorse our Amendment Proposals by clicking

(2) Now you are logged into a system which makes it easy to
select and contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)


==> My MEPs
==> I would rather select an MEP myself
==> [ selection criteria ]
==> [ 1 MEP ]

(3) Directly phone your MEP, express your concern about the
"Software Patent Directive Project", find out who in this MEP's
office is studying the matter and how they think / whom they
follow, and leave a note in the MEP data form.

(4) Write to the person with whom you just phoned.
Feel free to ask for our assistance in formulating your letter.
In any case, send us a copy.

(5) Make a donation for our lobbying expenses. We are spending at least
30,000 EUR on top of a lot of unpaid voluntary work, and we will not
be able to pay all our bills unless you come forward with donations.

The bank account for a donation is

Bank Code 70150000
Bank Address: DE 80335 München Lotstr 1
Name of Bank: Stadtsparkasse München
Account: 31112097
Account Owner: FFII e.V.
Keyword: europarl

It would be great if you could get started with at least one of the
above items right now.

Thank you very much.

Hartmut Pilch, FFII & Eurolinux Alliance tel. +49-89-12789608
Protecting Innovation against Patent Inflation
140,000 signatures against software patents

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published on: 2003-04-04
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