updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon May 23, 2005
Apple on EU open-source
A proposal to extend patent protection in Europe could , say advocates of freely distributed programs such as Linux. Companies such as Apple and Microsoft argue that they need broader patent protection to prevent open-source companies, which give away their software and make money through service, from "effectively expropriating their development costs." European Parliament member Michel Rocard, a former French prime minister heading up review of the software patent directive, wants to protect open-source software by limiting the scope of patent protection. A European Parliament committee will debate the issue on Monday, and vote on it a month later.