La Repubblica reports
that some members of the Italian government are opposed to
the introduction of software patents in Europe. "'An excessive
reliance on software patents risks putting small and medium
enterprises in this sector at a disadvantage, limiting the development of the market.'
With these words, the Minister for Innovation and Technology, Lucio Stanca,
expressed himself today against the proposed software patent
" (Editor's translation. The headline reads "A European
directive threatens open source.") Sig. Stanca will not be representing
Italy when the directive is discussed, however, so it is unclear what the
country's position will ultimately be.
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