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Most laptops are sold without the price of Microsoft Windows displayed before the consumer buys it. This is an issue if you want to use another piece of software on your laptop, such another version of Microsoft Windows, or Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD or OpenSolaris. There are 2 decisions (Cases C-261/07 and C-299/07) pending at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on this issue.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Sep 2008 13:29
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04 Feb 2009 13:57 Jump!
Competition policy and intellectual property policy are like cats and dogs. France on behalf of the EU proposes to overcome the current unintermediated situation.
by: arebentiarebenti
10 Jul 2008 09:52
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President of the European Commission reacted to the Irish NO vote by saying they will try to bypass it: "The treaty is alive, and we should now try to find a solution". There is no doubt that there will be attempts to bypass the decision of the polls in Ireland.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Jun 2008 17:29
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14 Jun 2008 07:29 Jump!
And Commissioner Kuneva answers with references to existing consumer protection provisions.
by: arebentiarebenti
08 Jun 2008 18:00
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Microsoft is appealing the decision of the European Commission over software patents. Microsoft is not happy about the patent licesing terms that the Commission has negotiated, and want to tax open source projects, such Samba and Redhat.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 May 2008 20:51
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Bruce Perens looks back on the first decade of "Open Source", and highlights the role of software patents as the Achilles Heel of Free Software.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
08 Feb 2008 18:21
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George Selden vs. Henry Ford vintage car Patent trolling.
by: Anonymous
20 Nov 2007 15:48
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An interesting commentary by Glyn Moody pointing out a pattern in Microsoft's recent actions: "the hijacking of the very concept of openness".
by: ggiedkeggiedke
02 Nov 2007 17:52
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FFII is organizing its annual General Assembly next 30 November in Brussels. Be there!
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Oct 2007 15:29
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In this interesting article, the author, Con Zymaris, examines and dismantles the arguments provided by those who maintain that PCs should continue being sold bundled to the Microsoft Windows operative system, no matter if this practice creates a private tax to the consumer computing market and a great disturbance in such market being 95% dominated by a single vendor during the last 20 years.
by: rizoxrizox
17 Oct 2007 15:41
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Our Munich correspondent reports on the EPO and explains why the Commission's pressure for a Community Patent remains so important.
by: pieterhpieterh
12 Jul 2007 09:59
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The European Union Commission provides a staff working document that is an insightful document how procurement policy never ought to be. Before purchasing a solution the public authority should consult market players of what it wants to buy. No mention was given to avoidance of strategic dependencies and (open) standards policy or other strategic tools to drive procurement costs down.
by: podmoklepodmokle
10 Mar 2007 13:44
2 by podmoklepodmokle
28 Jun 2007 16:44 Jump!
"In a democracy, we have always had power exerted by special interests -- but it's out of control now," Gore said. "The special interests almost every time now outweigh the public interests, and that's dangerous for our democracy."
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Jun 2007 11:31
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Invalid EPO patents are enforceable in the UK for “business certainty”, says Lord Justice Jacob. Neither the EPO not national patent system "is on top". Meanwhile a firm pays for patents that are in opposition at the EPO.
by: pieterhpieterh
10 May 2007 12:36
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25 May 2007 08:47 Jump!
An American presidential campaign for Bill Gates gave up. But the European Union could grant asylum.
by: podmoklepodmokle
11 Mar 2007 14:51
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A team of social scientists from The University of Hamburg's Centre for Globalization and Governance is conducting a research project about conflicts around intellectual property rights, taking as case study the software patent directive and the IPRED1 Fourtou directive (civil sanctions for infringements of all intellectual property rights).
by: Anonymous
19 Feb 2007 16:22
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Unice renamed to BusinessEurope. Unice was a strong supporter of software patenting.
by: podmoklepodmokle
13 Feb 2007 22:08
2 by Anonymous
14 Feb 2007 10:05 Jump!
According to the IT news service Betanews Microsoft refused to share NSA backdoor data with German Minister of Interiour Wolfgang Schäuble and insisted there are no gaps.
by: podmoklepodmokle
11 Feb 2007 23:16
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SuSE Andreas Jaeger talks about the Microsoft-Novell deal.
by: podmoklepodmokle
07 Feb 2007 16:34
3 by podmoklepodmokle
10 Feb 2007 23:50 Jump!
What story does the EU tell? Difficult to say. But NGO activists have a lot of stories to tell about the EU. Communication Commissioner Wallström has a surprisingly contradictory message.
by: podmoklepodmokle
09 Feb 2007 03:51
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