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Old 06-04-2004, 01:14 PM   #1
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open source in european elections

Hi everybody,

I was just surfing political sites, to decide which I would vote. And reading Groenlinks's electionprogram I read this (it was one of their 16 major issues):

It says about open source (in case you don't speak dutch ):

A software patent kills innovation. Europe must prevent software-companies can grow to monopolies. Stimulating open source software can help preventing. Patents stimulate monopolies.

Further they want laws against spam. (good thing!)

(sorry for my bad english, it's hard stuff to translate)

It also has a link to

For me it's yet another reason to vote Groenlinks. How about other countries?

Old 06-04-2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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interesting post.

here in the uk, the green party states its aim of promoting open source software and strongly opposes software patenting.
Old 06-04-2004, 06:18 PM   #3
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Here in Sweden two parties too much supports software patents, the Moderate Party (conservative) and the Social Democrats. The Left, Green, Middle, Liberal and Christian party are opposed to software patents.

A search for "källkod" (Swedish for source) on the respective partys site resulted in 4 pro-opensource propositions at the green party. I belive at least the Left party has something similar, maybe the Liberals too.
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