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 * 2005-02-01 [http://www.eifonline.org/site/index.cfm?BID=16&SID=1&LG=2&HOMEP=1 Meeting EIF/Bill Gates]
   * Later a danish newspaper [:Navision050215En: confirms that software patents were discussed and Bill Gates made it clear that failure to leaglise them in Europe would entail removal of R&D investments in Denmark]): "Last week she (remark: i.e. Jorgensen) participated in a closed meeting in the European Internet Foundation, where Bill Gates spoke. According to Karin Riss Jørgensen the message from the Microsoft founder was just as clear last week as it was in the meeting with the Danish ministers in November. More precisely, Microsoft will discontinue investments in EU countries, if it is not possible to patent software.
 * 2005-02-01 [[http://www.eifonline.org/site/index.cfm?BID=16&SID=1&LG=2&HOMEP=1|Meeting EIF/Bill Gates]]
   * Later a danish newspaper [[Navision050215En| confirms that software patents were discussed and Bill Gates made it clear that failure to leaglise them in Europe would entail removal of R&D investments in Denmark]]): "Last week she (remark: i.e. Jorgensen) participated in a closed meeting in the European Internet Foundation, where Bill Gates spoke. According to Karin Riss Jørgensen the message from the Microsoft founder was just as clear last week as it was in the meeting with the Danish ministers in November. More precisely, Microsoft will discontinue investments in EU countries, if it is not possible to patent software.
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 * 2002-01-12 [:Cecua031207En: Pro-patent paper of Alain Moscowitz who spoke in favour of software patents at an EIF meeting], [http://www.eifonline.org/site_16/fil/fil_23.pdf pdf]
 * 2002-11-07 Hartmut Pilch was invited to a EIF event after Europarl Hearings: report [http://swpat.ffii.org/events/2002/europarl11/#lobb A glipse to EU lobbying structures]
 * 2004-11-10 EIF organised a complementary event to the [http://eu.ffii.org/sections/bxl0411/ FFII/MERIT conference].
   * With Ericsson representatives, Ericsson's public affairs vice president [:UlfPehrssonEn: Ulf Pehrsson] is behind Eicta P4I campaign and wrote a [:SapEp0411En which claims that the Council's text and EPO practise exclude software and business methods from patentability: letter to MEPs].
 * 2002-01-12 [[Cecua031207En| Pro-patent paper of Alain Moscowitz who spoke in favour of software patents at an EIF meeting]], [[http://www.eifonline.org/site_16/fil/fil_23.pdf|pdf]]
 * 2002-11-07 Hartmut Pilch was invited to a EIF event after Europarl Hearings: report [[http://swpat.ffii.org/events/2002/europarl11/#lobb|A glipse to EU lobbying structures]]
 * 2004-11-10 EIF organised a complementary event to the [[http://eu.ffii.org/sections/bxl0411/|FFII/MERIT conference]].
   * With Ericsson representatives, Ericsson's public affairs vice president [[UlfPehrssonEn| Ulf Pehrsson]] is behind Eicta P4I campaign and wrote a [[SapEp0411En which claims that the Council's text and EPO practise exclude software and business methods from patentability| letter to MEPs]].
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[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=European_Internet_Foundation EIF]
is a platform for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying Big Business Lobbying] on topics like
[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Intellectual_property IPR]. Its main field of activity seems to be hosting lunches and dinners for MEPs at which the industry members of EIF can purchase time to present their topics before MEP dine. The organisation is mainly financed by large companies. A few small organisations also use EIF to get access to contacts.
[[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=European_Internet_Foundation|EIF]]
is a platform for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying|Big Business Lobbying]] on topics like
[[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Intellectual_property|IPR]]. Its main field of activity seems to be hosting lunches and dinners for MEPs at which the industry members of EIF can purchase time to present their topics before MEP dine. The organisation is mainly financed by large companies. A few small organisations also use EIF to get access to contacts.
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[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Transatlantic_Policy_Network United States Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)] [[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Transatlantic_Policy_Network|United States Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)]]
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[http://www.golem.de/0002/6403.html German announcement also cites good relation with the "Global Business Dialogue" A]. [[http://www.golem.de/0002/6403.html|German announcement also cites good relation with the "Global Business Dialogue" A]].
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 * Key !MEPs are awarded the title of "governor" - For example: [:Swpatamccarthy: Arlene McCarthy], [:EllyPloojVanGorselEn: Elly Plooj Van Gorsel], [:ErikaMannDe: Erika Mann]. Erika Mann distributed the invitation to the obvious EIF-FFII counter lobbying event to all !MEPs.
   * German only:
[http://erikamann.com/scripts/index.php3?id=127&akpage=0 European Internet Foundation (EIF) Angaben von Erika Mann ueber ihr Mitwirken bei EIF] - she also presents EIF as lobby host of big industry, as one of the governors of EIF - seemingly with an active role - she ought to know.
 * Key !MEPs are awarded the title of "governor" - For example: [[Swpatamccarthy| Arlene McCarthy]], [[EllyPloojVanGorselEn| Elly Plooj Van Gorsel]], [[ErikaMannDe| Erika Mann]]. Erika Mann distributed the invitation to the obvious EIF-FFII counter lobbying event to all !MEPs.
   * German only
: [[http://erikamann.com/scripts/index.php3?id=127&akpage=0|European Internet Foundation (EIF) Angaben von Erika Mann ueber ihr Mitwirken bei EIF]] - she also presents EIF as lobby host of big industry, as one of the governors of EIF - seemingly with an active role - she ought to know.
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 * The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Software_Alliance BSA] paid [http://global.bsa.org/eupolicy/networksecurity/ money for a lobbying event] about [http://www.ffii.org/proj/enisa ENISA]. Quote:  * The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Software_Alliance|BSA]] paid [[http://global.bsa.org/eupolicy/networksecurity/|money for a lobbying event]] about [[http://www.ffii.org/proj/enisa|ENISA]]. Quote:
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 * Cecua031207En: EIF hosts [http://www.eifonline.org/site_16/fil/fil_23.pdf pro-patent paper] of Alain Moscowitz, secretary of other Brussels lobbying organisations after he spoke in favour of software patents at an EIF meeting on 2002-01-12.  * Cecua031207En: EIF hosts [[http://www.eifonline.org/site_16/fil/fil_23.pdf|pro-patent paper]] of Alain Moscowitz, secretary of other Brussels lobbying organisations after he spoke in favour of software patents at an EIF meeting on 2002-01-12.
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 * EIF role at hearing - Hartmut Pilch had the opportunity to report from one of the EIF forums/dinners: [http://swpat.ffii.org/events/2002/europarl11/#lobb FFII: A Glimpse] into EU [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying Lobbying] Structures
 * recently [http://www.edri.org/ EDRI] has become a member and has threatened to withdraw Membership if EIF adopts [:SwpateictaEn: EICTA] positions on software patents
 * EIF tour with Plooij, [:SwpatamccarthyEn: McCarthy] et al [http://swpat.ffii.org/players/amccarthy/index.en.html#microsoft to Microsoft in Seattle in summer 2003]
 * EIF role at hearing - Hartmut Pilch had the opportunity to report from one of the EIF forums/dinners: [[http://swpat.ffii.org/events/2002/europarl11/#lobb|FFII: A Glimpse]] into EU [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying|Lobbying]] Structures
 * recently [[http://www.edri.org/|EDRI]] has become a member and has threatened to withdraw Membership if EIF adopts [[SwpateictaEn| EICTA]] positions on software patents
 * EIF tour with Plooij, [[SwpatamccarthyEn| McCarthy]] et al [[http://swpat.ffii.org/players/amccarthy/index.en.html#microsoft|to Microsoft in Seattle in summer 2003]]
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 * Work calendar of [http://www.jameselles.com/ James Elles, MEP] showing an EIF Board meeting immediately after a [http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Transatlantic_Policy_Network United States Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)] Breakfast Meeting ([http://www.jameselles.com/site/files/file_489.doc MS-Word file])  * Work calendar of [[http://www.jameselles.com/|James Elles, MEP]] showing an EIF Board meeting immediately after a [[http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Transatlantic_Policy_Network|United States Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)]] Breakfast Meeting ([[http://www.jameselles.com/site/files/file_489.doc|MS-Word file]])
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 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) [:== :in Germany couldn't receive tax-exempted gemeinnützig state, AR].  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) [[== |in Germany couldn't receive tax-exempted gemeinnützig state, AR]].
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 Membership in the European Internet Foundation is open to all current MEPs [:check :whether Elly Plooij-van Gorsel is still in, AR].  Membership in the European Internet Foundation is open to all current MEPs [[check |whether Elly Plooij-van Gorsel is still in, AR]].
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 assured through the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) [:Bob :Goodlatte etc., AR]. Through this EIF website  assured through the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) [[Bob |Goodlatte etc., AR]]. Through this EIF website
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 * [http://www.golem.de/0002/6403.html 2000-02-22 Golem: EIF gegründet]  * [[http://www.golem.de/0002/6403.html|2000-02-22 Golem: EIF gegründet]]

European Internet Foundation and Software Patents

-> [ EIF site | Mann | McCarthy | Fourtou | Plooij | CfC | EICTA | Netzzensur ]


European Internet Foundation (EIF) should not be confused with real Internet organisations such as IETF. EIF's main field of activity seems to be hosting dinners for members of the European Parliament (!MEPs) at which the representatives of large corporations in Brussels can get access to the !MEPs. The organisation is mainly financed by these corporations. The current patent legislation has inevitably been one of the leading subjects in these talks, and EIF has previously been used as one of the main channels for pro-software-patent activism in Brussels.

Website

http://www.eif-online.org/

News & Chronology

2004-11-11 James Heald (FFII UK) reports:

EIF organised an excellent event on 2004-11-10, which provided an enormously useful opportunity for all parties in the CII discussion - MEPs, EU commission, EU presidency, patent holders, and ourselves - to meet and discuss the directive, first in a well structured more formal session, and then more informally over drinks and then a buffet dinner.

In the process I believe that all sides gained a much deeper face-to-face understanding of what the other players were really trying to achieve, and I can only hope that a number of misunderstandings were reduced.

In the end, such an organisation can becomes an avenue for a one-sided corporate entertaining/informercials; or it can create an almost unique inclusive, welcoming and balanced forum for raising the whole information quality of the deabte, and the level of understanding of all the participants. Which path it takes is determined by the integrity and vision of the MEPs on its board. In this case I was well impressed.

The rather suspicious and paranoid concerns related on the remainder of this page, written before the meeting by I don't know who, should not be read without considering how the meeting actually went.

Backgrounds about Structure of EIF

Upon closer reading, it becomes clear that EIF is a platform for Big Business Lobbying on topics like IPR. Its main field of activity seems to be hosting lunches and dinners for MEPs at which the industry members of EIF can purchase time to present their topics before MEP dine. The organisation is mainly financed by large companies. A few small organisations also use EIF to get access to contacts.

The disinfopedia wiki says: "This organisation is an offsping of the United States Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) (an US organisation dedicated to influencing EU policy, whose Members include Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, Phillips) and Internet Education Foundation". German announcement also cites good relation with the "Global Business Dialogue" A.

Membership

EIF on membership, FFII highlighting

  • Membership & funding The European Internet Foundation is led and governed by our Political Members, all of whom are elected

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Germany couldn't receive tax-exempted gemeinnützig state, AR. We are independent, not-for-profit and non-partisan. Membership in the European Internet Foundation is open to all current MEPs whether Elly Plooij-van Gorsel is still in, AR. The Foundation is financed primarily through the membership fees of our Business and Associate Members. Our membership includes a core of leading European e-companies, and will be expanded to encompass a broad range of interests and actors in the vanguard of internet-driven change across Europe. Our Membership is open on a progressive, non-discriminatory fee basis to any duly-constituted commercial entity or interest group pledging support for our founding principles. The Foundation invites active cooperation with other political, academic and governmental institutions and networks, including notably the European Commission. Policy dialogue with the United States political community is

    assured through the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) Goodlatte etc., AR. Through this EIF website and via web-based and traditional media, we also correspond more broadly with Europe's citizens on important network society issues and policy developments.

  • restricted membership to MEPs who don't pay membership fees
  • membership to business organisations who fund the organisation
  • big board of MEPs

---> lobbying insourcing organisation

Reports

" Die EIF erstrebt, prinzipiell, eine ständige Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Networks und Instutitionen aus einflussreichen wirtschaftlichen und politischen Sektoren der europäischen Zivilgesellschaft. Durch die Gründer aus Wirtschaft und Politik bestehen bereits konstruktive Beziehungen mit dem "Transatlantic Policy Network" (TPN). Das gleiche gilt für den" Global Business Dialogue" und den, gerade neu entstandenen, "Global Cities Dialogue"."

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