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Submission + - New Zealand u-turns, will grant software patents (googleusercontent.com) 2

ciaran_o_riordan writes: Due to lobbying by a group called NZICT, New Zealand's parliament is now set to let go of its proposal to ban software patents. Patent attorney Steven Lundberg announced the details in a blog entry. This was quickly deleted, but not before it got stored in Google cache. Here we can read that "Hon Simon Power has asked MED [Ministry of Economic Development] to work with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to redraft the section along the lines of the European Patent Convention." Which is exactly the opposite of March's announcement that "computer software should be excluded from patent protection as software patents can stifle innovation and competition, and can be granted for trivial or existing techniques" The background to this case gives every reason to be hopeful, if computer users in New Zealand get active again.
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New Zealand u-turns, will grant software patents

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  • FFS We have just been through this with our Section 92A Copyright Bill. All is sorted out by the official Select Committee, and along comes some unrepresentative person and changes the bill. This time we get a thinly-veiled Microsoft puppet organisation coming along with mysteriously powerful access to the minister in charge. This is interference in our internal affairs by an overseas organisation pretending to be a New Zealand one, and an abuse of our legislative process.

    NZ Software developers have spoken:

  • Common sense got Gecko'd ( Greed is good, might is right ,common sense isn't so common etc...)

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.