May 19, 2005 · Lessig
I got an email from Bruce Lehman, which was very big of him after I criticized him for his claim that I “seem to believe you can have a post-industrial economy without any copyrights.”
Anyway, Bruce’s email (and to be clear, it was sent not just to me, but to me as a “IIPI Supporter” (which has as much connection to the truth as his statement above)) was proud to announce a new section on the IIPI website called a “Discussion Forum.”
The discussion forum was inspired by the “debate surrounding the European Union�s (EU) proposed Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions (CII).” As Bruce writes, “It is important to remember that the patentability of computer implemented inventions, or lack there of, will have a profound effect on European industry and competitiveness.” Absolutely right, which is why is it so good that the IIPI has opened a discussion forum on their site so people can contribute to the “discussion” about IIPI’s strong support for this software patent initiative.
I encourage all to answer Bruce’s call: You can find the “CII Discussion Forum” here. And be sure to spread the word!