Linux Journal reports that "a parliamentary committee in the Netherlands has decided to oppose business methods patents entirely, and to also oppose software patents
unless proponents can meet several difficult, possibly unattainable, conditions. Following a proposal suggested by Rik Hindriks of the Dutch
Labor Party, the pro-software-patent Federation of Dutch IT companies, FENIT and the anti-software-patent Dutch Open Source
Association will have to work together on a plan to prevent trivial patents from issuing. If they cannot come up with one, the Netherlands will
oppose software patents in Europe entirely, rather than set off a US-style software patent crisis."
February 21, 2001