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Submission + - France to launch a national patent troll (numerama.com) 2

zoobab writes: "France is creating a state sponsored patent fund, FranceBrevets, which primary focus will be to sponsor, acquire and license patents in the ICT (read software patents) sector. The patent fund is at the initiative of the minister of Research, Valérie Pécresse, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and digital economy, Eric Besson. The primary target of the fund is to collect licenses on those patents, which is already seen in France as the biggest patent troll of the country. France is also supporting the European Unitary Patent, which is seen by many at the final attempt to validate software patents in Europe."
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Submission + - Europeans to shut down internet downloaders

Elektroschock writes: "European politicians have sometimes funny ideas. They want to shut down internet connections of downloaders. The European governments are suggested to ask ISPs to use internet filtering technology. However, another proposed amendment suggests a dialogue with 'P2P website designers'. The author of the original 'Cultural Industries' draft report is Guy Bono, a French politican. Some guys may remember 'Cultural Industries' as a slander phrase of Horkheimer/Adorno's dialectic of enlightenment(1944), marxist theory. More light please!"
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Submission + - Microsoft will vote on Open XML

Elektroschock writes: "Rui Seabra reveals that the national standard organisation of Portugal plans to sent Microsoft as head of its ISO delegation to the Ballot Resolution meeting in Geneve. The Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) will work on amendments to the Open XML standard (DIS 29500) as put forward by ECMA International. The meeting will be held behind closed doors and last 5 days. While Microsoft would get privileged access and voting rights other interested stakeholders for instance Portuguese SMEs and software develoeprs are excluded from participation and review. The head of the delegation will exercise all voting rights for the nation, here Portugal. All national ISO members need to submit their list of delegates to ISO until Dec 11."

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