How Software Patents Actually Work
2005-04-18 -- Learn how software patents actually work in this easy to follow and fun animation.
Directed by Gavin Hill. Animation by Grant Gilchrist. Narration by Andy Turvey.
Quicktime/MPEG4 in Spanish at Lucha Proinnova
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If you are concerned about how software patents will affect you and your business, it's very important that you talk to your representatives in the European Parliament:
Always be polite, never get aggressive, don't use form letters, explain how software patents would affect you.
To see what FFII is pushing for in the second reading of the European Parliament, have a look at the letter we sent to the MEPS, as well as the appendices. More information (such as amendments) are also available.
Wikipedia has a very helpful list of MEPs by Country and Region
MEP's listed by country on the EU Parliament website
Specific to the United Kingdom: