MySQL AB as a company, and I myself as VP Community, were heavily involved in Florian MÃƒÂ¼ller's NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign 2004-05 in Europe. We were involved both as sponsors and advisors.
The story of this David against Goliath campaign is now available for all as a book. Florian MÃƒÂ¼ller's memoir-style book
has been released under the Creative Commons license this month.
On 377 pages, Mueller tells the story of the legislative process that ended in July last year with a landslide vote of the European Parliament against a proposal for a software patent directive.
The book is now available on the Internet for download:
The file may be redistributed under a Creative Commons license.
Wlodzimierz Marcinski, who as Polish deputy minister of science blocked an EU Council decision in favour of software patents all alone in December 2004, has said he looks forward "to reading Florian Mueller's book that tells the story from the perspective of the citizens who became involved and through their untiring commitment made such a difference."
At MySQL AB, we have had access to drafts of the book. It connects well with our self-experienced work, talking to politicians and co-sponsors of NoSoftwarePatents.com. My official quote as reviewer is that as a reader, I felt like "standing in a parliament and talking directly to the politicians who made the decisions".
Other reviewers are equally enthusiastic:
The book is also available in German as "Die Lobbyschlacht um Softwarepatente", www.softwarepatente-buch.de.
You can read more about the book author Florian MÃƒÂ¼ller at at http://www.no-lobbyists-as-such.com/florian-mueller.html and at his blog site at http://www.no-lobbyists-as-such.com/florian-mueller-blog/