I promised last month that I’d tell you who I’d be voting for in the European elections. I’m glad I didn’t tell you then, because I’ve changed my mind since.
Alan Cox has written an open letter about software patents and the upcoming EU elections on June 10th. It makes the point that this is our one chance to send a message that politicians can’t ignore, and to elect parties who will support an anti-software-patent stance.
The two parties which have such a stance are the UK Independence Party and the Green-EFA alliance (Green Party, Plaid Cymru and friends). So, if you are fan of further European integration, vote Green and, if not, vote UKIP.
Software patents are the most dangerous threat to free software worldwide – without exception. Our stuff is so good that the only way the competition can stop it is resorting to the law. Patents are monopolies on ideas, and are their best weapon.
So, if you live in Europe and value your freedom to hack, stop doing it on June 10th for an hour, get out there and vote.