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[Fwd: Nominated for Europeans of the Year awards!]



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ANTI-SOFTWARE PATENT CAMPAIGNER
FLORIAN MUELLER NOMINATED FOR THE
"EUROPEANS OF THE YEAR" AWARDS

Brussels (22 September 2005) – Florian Mueller, the founder of the
NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign, has been nominated for the most
prestigious award in EU politics, the "EV50 Europeans of the Year". The
campaigner, who successfully opposed an EU directive on software
patents, now has the chance to become "EU Campaigner of the Year" or
even the overall "European of the Year".

The European Voice, a major EU-focused weekly, today started an Internet
poll in which Mueller runs against such celebrities as Bono Vox (U2),
Bob Geldof, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and political leaders
including British prime minister Tony Blair and German chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder. The poll is open to the public at this address:
http://www.ev50.com/poll/

In a first reaction, Mueller said that he is "honored by this
nomination", but he was quick to share the glory: "I really owe this to
all activists and citizens who supported our cause, especially to the
FFII (Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure)". Mueller has
previously been listed among the "top 50 most influential people in
intellectual property" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine:
http://www.managingip.com/default.asp?page=9&PubID=198&SID=525600&ISS=17456&;
LS=EMS47649

Software patent critics are also pleased to see that Michel Rocard, the
European Parliament's rapporteur on the software patent directive, has
been nominated for the "MEP of the Year" award. On 6 July, an
overwhelming majority of MEPs voted 648-32 against the EU Council's
proposal for a "directive on the patentability of computer-implemented
inventions". Campaigners like Mueller and the FFII were worried that the
proposed legislation would have given software patents a much stronger
legal status in Europe.

The FFII's Brussels representative, Erik Josefsson, was among the first
to congratulate: "I'm extremely proud that Florian Mueller and Michel
Rocard have been nominated because they represent countless European
citizens who are concerned over software patents. Hopefully many will
vote for the two, so that Europe's political leaders fully appreciate
the importance of our cause."

Stefan Zickgraf, the managing director of leading SME organization
CEA-PME, said: "We are very happy about Florian Mueller's nomination
because we worked very closely and successfully with him and the FFII.
The way in which small and medium-sized businesses took political action
against software patents is unprecedented in Brussels, and the result
should encourage all SMEs to play a more active political role in the
future." CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites
et Moyennes Entreprises) is the Brussels-based umbrella organization of
22 member associations from 19 European countries, representing in total
more than 500,000 small and medium-sized enterprises.

The EV50 winners will be announced on 29 November. A gala evening at the
Palais d'Egmont in Brussels will be hosted by former European Parliament
President Pat Cox. The EV50 awards are supported by Belgian Prime
Minister Guy Verhofstadt. The European Voice is a publication of the
Economist group.

NOTE: Florian Mueller founded the NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign in 2004
and managed it until March of 2005. He then gave his website to the
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), the leading
European pressure group that opposes the patentability of computer programs.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Florian Mueller
sslug@sslug
phone +49-8151-21088



 
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