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Representatives of the European open source software industries gathered in Berlin 10th of January 2008 to found a network of European Open Source SMEs. The purpose of the network is to create a voice for the thousands of SMEs which are a currently under-represented industry and a vital part of the European economy.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Jan 2008 00:19
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13 Jan 2008 12:41 Jump!
Avril Doyle wonders why McCreevy said that "tax harmonisation is not on the agenda" and "would undermine competition". As an Irish Finance minister McCreevy benefited his nation and American IT corporations through ruininous tax competition and patent taxation dumping. Doyle wants the Irish taxploitation to stay.
by: arebentiarebenti
06 Jan 2008 00:02
5 by zoobabzoobab
07 Jan 2008 23:35 Jump!
FFII will be present at the 24C3 Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin with a dedicated booth, a speech on <NO>OOXML and a lightning talk on EU-EPLA.
by: zoobabzoobab
26 Dec 2007 21:31
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Public Relations is an entertaining art of painting with phrase clusters, but that art is dying out and invites new craftsmen to take advantage.
by: arebentiarebenti
10 Dec 2007 13:14
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EU Commission starts working on second antitrust case against Microsoft, for abuse of its dominant position to exclude competitors from office document interoperability, the email and calendar market, and to capture the web application market.
by: pieterhpieterh
20 Nov 2007 17:58
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The European Commission has announced last week that they will seek a mandate to negotiate major new international anti-counterfeiting pact at the global level. The European Commission is also including strong IPR chapters in all its new generation of Free Trade Agreements with India, Korea, ASEAN and Latin America.
by: zoobabzoobab
29 Oct 2007 10:34
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29 Oct 2007 13:26 Jump!
The Commission has issued a communication to the Council and Parliament on Digital TV, where they mention the problem of patents and open standards for the DVB-H standard, which is subject to a patent tax in the form of royalties collected by MPEG-LA.
by: Anonymous
05 Oct 2007 12:23
4 by zoobabzoobab
06 Feb 2008 16:54 Jump!
Commission DG Competition has launched an investigation into the patent licensing practices of Qualcomm, which, according to complaints made by Nokia, Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, NEC and Panasonic, did not licence its patents under "Reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND) terms.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Oct 2007 12:53
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SerNet, a German company that is providing support for Samba, is requesting Microsoft to publish the specifications for interoperability. The company also mentions that the Microsoft's programs MCPP and WSPP are excluding GPL implementations.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Oct 2007 09:03
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Michelle Lee, Head of Google Patents and Patent Strategy, is complaining about patent trolls on their Public Policy Blog.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Sep 2007 09:13
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"The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software." The move was partly motivated by ISO's rejection of Microsoft's Open XML (OOXML).
by: Anonymous
12 Sep 2007 07:24
2 by pieterhpieterh
13 Sep 2007 10:22 Jump!
The seat of the EU Council is Brussels but often the groups meet elsewhere e.g. at the European Patent Office.
by: podmoklepodmokle
28 Jun 2007 00:58
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EFF has launched a petition in order to prevent the criminalisation of "aiding, abetting, inciting" copyright infringements, which will sent authors of P2P software such as Bittorrent, Azureus, Apache, or Outlook in jail because those tools can be used to share copyrighted files.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Apr 2007 12:42
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How does the EPO listen to political decision makers? By lobbying Parliament. They are very committed to that task. Public awareness raising and technical assistance continue to be observed as a key role for sustainable business success of the EPO.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Mar 2007 19:38
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What this site is about and how it works.
by: pieterhpieterh
01 Sep 2006 16:01
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