March 01, 2005
Open Source lobbying in the EU
The subject of Open Source Lobbying in the EU parliament and other bodies was recently brought up at a meeting we attended.
Can anyone point me to what the situation is on this? I am interested in lobbying for Open Source in general as opposed to just the patenting situation. Microsoft has about 5 accredited lobbyists in Brussels and at the meeting, EU officials were remarking on the absence of Open Source lobbying. This may or may not be the case but I can't seem to find much information.
Posted by Matthew at March 1, 2005 03:49 PM
FSF Europe -- http://www.fsfeurope.org/ -- is about the most active one I know of. I'm vaguely connected to IFSO -- ifso.ie -- and they're very active.
Of course, right now the patenting situation is by far the biggest threat to the viability of OSS in Europe, so that's the main thing they're worrying about really ;)
Posted by: Justin Mason at March 1, 2005 07:13 PM