I am sure everyone has heard by now that the European politicians digged deep and managed to find some intelligence and common sense–the directive on “harmonisation of the patent rules”, which would allow software patents, was voted down. Legally we seem to be back where we began. FFII has managed to reach farther than what was thought possible and a lot of knowldege has been gained. FFII is now very well equipped to meet the next attempt by the patent cartel to introduce software patents.
A few days ago I didn’t hold much hope about the outcome of today’s vote and I wrote the following:
I’d like to express my thanks to the European politicians who have decided to finally introduce software patents in the EU. This means that European software developers have finally become men. No longer are we nerds and geeks sitting inside, slowly turning more and more gray in front of our screens. Thanks to the MEPs we have now become men. We are no longer second rate compared to our American cousins, but we have taken our rightful place next to them as real, manly software programmers. Manly? Yes of course! Thanks to our enlightened politicians software development has now become an extreme sport. It can be found right up there with sky diving and rock climbing in the list of dangerous passtimes. As a matter of fact software programming offers dangers on several levels, raising the bar for all extreme activities! For the first time there is a hobby that offers all of the following dangers:
- losing your livelyhood simply by realising one’s ideas and distributing the results
- several years of being dragged to court
- navigating a minefield of obvious ideas and solutions forcing the use of complex and error-prone algorithms
I’m sure all rock climbers are envious and are considering taking up programming by now.
Thank you European politicians!
Luckily the world turned out to be a better place than I tought it was.