German parliament petition against software patents
The page documents a motion which the Bundestag (German parliament) has sent to the German government calling for the problem of software patents to be tackled.
7 June 2013: The Bundestag approves a very strong joint motion calling on the government to tackle software patents.
19 April 2013: The Bundestag approved the sending of an anti-software-patents "petition" (draft motion) to three parliamentary committees. The three committees will debate this text and propose modifications before returning a final proposal which the parliament will vote on. The vote to send the text to the committees was approved by a large majority, including the governing parties. The "Rechtsausschuss (f)" is leading in coordination with:
- A. f. Wirtschaft und Technologie
- A. f. Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung
- A. f. Kultur und Medien
What can we do?
- Ask Germans to contact members of those committees to support the proposed text?
Organisations supporting the petition
- Free Software Foundation Europe
- BIKT - IT trade organisation (Bundesverband Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie)
- (in German) The petition text, as transferred to the committees
- German original: Parliamentary report, 19 April 2013 (English translations[?]: Google, bing translator) - item "Tagesordnungspunkt 17" is the vote to send the petition to the three committees
- FSFE press release
- German original: Software patents hearing in the Bundestag legal committee (English translations[?]: Google, bing translator), 23 May 2013, FSFE
- German original: German parliament against software patents (English translations[?]: Google, bing translator)
- German original: BIKT calls to protect copyright from patents (English translations[?]: Google, bing translator)
7 June 2013
- German original: Bundestag press release (English translations[?]: Google, bing translator) (See the 7th resolution)
- (in German) Bundestag joint motion to German government
- Slashdot story and comments