The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure rallies hundreds in Brussels to argue against an EU plan for software patents.
Critics of the EU's software patent plan worry that it would turn Europe into a banana republic--a nondemocratic state with widespread corruption and foreign influence.
In Brussels on Feb. 17, 2005, with the other protesters, this man gets literal about the banana part of the term "banana republic."
Dressed in mock prison garb, a protester carries a sign that translates to "I have used free software."
This sign boils down the patent protesters' argument to a simple slogan.
This placard goes into greater detail. Among other things, it argues: "Software patents do not serve a protection purpose and are not suited to the rules of our software market."