Wednesday, March 30, 2005

EU software patent critics unite

Press Release: NoSoftware Patents has merged into Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) Through site content in 17 languages, addresses a Europe wide audience and delivers easy-to-understand information on the controversial topic.

Software industry veteran Florian Mueller created the site in 2004 with sponsorship from 1&1 (the world's largest Web host), Red Hat, and MySQL AB. quickly became known for not mincing words in its criticism ofcompanies and organizations that lobby for software patents.

FFII President Hartmut Pilch said " is by far the best introductory Web site on the subject of computing idea monopolies to date". He continued "our media team will now leverage the platform to further boost the morale of the large majority of companies and individuals whose freedom and productivity is currently under threat."

Meanwhile Florian Mueller, the founder of, pointed out that his biography on the campaign site had been stating all along that he "temporarily interrupted his own software development project" in order to campaign against software patents. He intends resuming his own project, but he said he will still occasionally participate in the fight againstsoftware patents.

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