Government rules out software patents in the UK 27 Feb 07
The Office of the British Prime Minister has introduced an interesting new idea which revolves around e-petitions. Basically, anyone can put together an online petition via the Prime Minsiter's website and invite people to sign it. This recently happened to very great effect - and to the great embarrassment of Tony Blair - over road pricing. Over 1.5 million people signed a petition opposing its introduction. Well, nowhere near the same number signed one that called for software patents to be expressly "uninforcable" (sic) in the UK. In its response, the PM's office has stated:
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