Software patenting, already in use in the USA, allows established companies to control the innovation of others.

Microsoft has, for example, applied for a patent on "mouse clicking." This is absurd and will be invalidated by the courts.

But in the meantime, who can oppose such an adversary? Microsoft has spent $5.4 billion in legal costs during the past three years.

The European Union is expected to vote at the end of September on a bill aimed at instituting software patents. We are all concerned and this law must be opposed.

You can help as a blogger, by opening your own debate. You can also post this article on your blog and add your signature. If you are not a blogger you may add a comment at this article.

Thank you in advance.

--Tristan Nitot, Mozilla Europe

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