Italian Computer Security Association CLUSIT calls for vote against software patents
Milan, 30 June 2005 -- CLUSIT, the Italian Association for Computer Security, representing 400 companies, calls on Italian members of the European to oppose software patentability in its upcoming vote of July 6th.
The CLUSIT press statement says:
- Milan, 30 June 2005 -- In view of the forthcoming European Parliament voting scheduled to happen on the 6th of July, Clusit stands against all software patenting positions. Clusit, the Italian Association for Computer Security, represents more than 400 companies and organisations playing a significant role in the Italian economy. Clusit maintains that software patents hinder the development of adequate security sytems and open standards, which are enriched and strenghtened by the joint effort of a high number of contributors. An open approach is the answer to the security challenges we foresee in the near future. Only the cooperative effort of multiple actors can adequately protect the networks and the systems on which our country and the whole Europe base their future upon, and ensuring integration easily and, above all, quick adoption of effective and shared countermeasures.
(translated from quoted text, Clusit -- Associazione Italiana per la Sicurezza Informatica newsletter - 2005, June 30th)
Hartmut Pilch: CLUSIT should write to Italian !MEPs and ask them to support the 21 cross-party amendments filed by Buzek, Rocard, Duff and many other MEPs from all groups. If these are supported by 367 votes, all options remain open and there is a chance that the wishes of CLUSIT will be fulfilled. Failure to fully support these amendments will at best lead to Conciliation based on inconsistent positions, at worst to the entry into force of a directive that imposes unlimited patentability on Europe.