Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One to remember

In my mind, without doubt, I've just witnessed the most enlightened tweet from Neelie Kroes, the EC commissioner for Digital Agenda.
This is exactly what Neelie Kroes should be doing,  reducing barriers to competition, promoting Net Neutrality in the EU and using this as a differential with the US.

Whilst we're at it, since the US is still debating over copyright on APIs then there's a number of other things that can be done.

1) Reinforce the concept that APIs are principles and not expressions and hence are not subject to copyright.

2)  Remove any vestiges of software patents (often as disguised business process patents) throughout the EU and encourage reverse engineering due to the fast and sequential rate of innovation in the industry. Copyright protection is more than enough in this field.