Websites may soon be closed down regularly due to software patents. Software patents can get you prosecuted for publishing texts you wrote yourself!
"The vast majority of our supporters will certainly not be on Luxemburg Square on August 27th. Those who can not come to Brussels should demonstrate online, using their web servers or other internet services", says Hartmut Pilch, president of FFII. "We have proposed a series of ways in which this can be done. There is certainly a way for everyone. Better make access to your webpage a bit more difficult now for one or two days than lose your freedom of publication for the next ten years. Note that if the McCarthy report is approved without drastic amendments, copyright and freedom of publication will become worthless. Programmers and Internet Service Providers will be regularly sued for patent infringement. The deadline for democratic scrutiny is September 1st. August 27th is your last chance to make your voice heard in the European patent decisionmaking process."
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
"Unlike copyright, patents can block independent creations. Software patents can render software copyright useless. One copyrighted work can be covered by hundreds of patents of which the author doesn't even know but for whose infringement he and his users can be sued. Some of these patents may be impossible to work around, because they are broad or because they are part of communication standards."
"The Proposal for a software patent directive, which will be submitted to the European Parliament for plenary debate and subsequent decision on September 1st, is giving rise to another wave of protests. Various groups in Belgium and elsewhere are mobilising for a rally in Brussels on August 27th and are calling on web administrators to temporarily block their web sites."
"On September 1st, the plenary of the European Parliament will decide about a law proposal which would establish software patents in Europe. A group of economists from Europe and US specialising in patent questions have published a letter to members of the European Parliament calling them to reject the proposal, accompanied by an analytical paper which casts severe doubts on the reasoning behind the directive and on the methods employed by its proponents."