[FoLUG]Fw: Europarl Hearing on Software Patents
Mon, 14 Apr 2003 15:51:05 +0200
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Date: 13 Apr 2003 11:34:51 -0000
Subject: Europarl Hearing on Software Patents
Dear Eurolinux Petition Supporter,
Thank you for signing our
Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe
a while ago, and for allowing us to inform you about upcoming actions.
We now need your participation again.
The European Parliament is likely to ratify a Software Patent Directive,
possibly with helpful amendments, in May. Detailed news are found at
Your participation can have a decisive influence.
Here are a few things to do:
(1) Sign our Amendment Proposals by clicking
or by logging in at
and then navigating through "Signing Appeals".=09
(2) Now you are logged into a system which makes it easy to
select and contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
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(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, how they think and whom they
follow, and leave a note in the "My MEP" data form.
It is very important that MEPs hear *your* voice directly
and not just the voices of a few "Eurolinux lobbyists".
(4) Write to the person with whom you just phoned.
Perhaps back this up by a software patent page on your website.
Keep it simple, but feel free to ask for our assistance in formulating.
In any case, send us copies/pointers.
(5) 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. There
will also be a demonstration in front of the parliament building.
Please consider speaking at the 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.
You can find more details about the emerging event schedule at
and you can register as a participant through the petition.ffii.org
(6) 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.
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Account Owner: FFII e.V.
It would be great if you could get started with at least one of the
above items right now.
For brevity, we are writing in English only this time, but we will try to
answer your questions or replies in the language of your choice.
Mit freundlichen Gruessen
Hartmut Pilch, FFII & Eurolinux Alliance tel. +49-89-12789608 =
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