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Red Hat and Sun Microsystems Team to Help Defeat European Software Patent Directive
StrasbourgUnited States, July 6, 2005
The European Parliament voted today to reject the Computer-Implemented Inventions directive, the so-called 'software patent' directive. Red Hat and Sun Microsystems combined efforts with the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) to bring about this victory for those who value free and open source software. The Parliamentary rejection represents a request for better legislation; legislation that will ensure that software "as such" is not patentable. Despite the heavy lobbying efforts of big industry, including dominant software companies favouring ratification of the common position on the directive, an unamended directive that would permit the patenting of software, the European Parliament conducted an exercise in democracy, ensuring that all participants had access and were heard. Parliament's action today reinforces the need for balanced legislation that ensures a competitive software industry in Europe.
"This outcome is a clear victory for open source," said Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems. "It expresses Parliaments clear desire to provide a balanced, competitive market for software, one that gives equal access to participants of all sizes. This action further sustains the clear mandate to our elected officials to assure that new legislation represents the interests of all, including consumers and the public and not just big industry."
"The actions of Parliament, and the efforts of our friends at FFII in bringing about this result, have been simply amazing," said Mark Webbink, Deputy General Counsel of Red Hat, Inc. "The action of Parliament affirms that the scope of patentability in the proposed legislation was too broad, that it is better to have no legislation than bad legislation, and that there is no connection between innovation and software patents. We applaud the efforts of all who have contributed to bring about this successful result."
Sun and Red Hat, both with long histories in the open source community, set aside their competitive differences in this process. Both companies felt the interests of free and open source software merited cooperation at a high level.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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