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Photos: Patent protesters take to the streets

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure rallies hundreds in Brussels to argue against an EU plan for software patents.

Patent protesters take to the streets

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.

Credit: FFII

Patent protest

Patent protesters take to the streets

In Brussels on Feb. 17, 2005, with the other protesters, this man gets literal about the banana part of the term "banana republic."

Credit: FFII

Patent protest

Patent protesters take to the streets

Dressed in mock prison garb, a protester carries a sign that translates to "I have used free software."

Credit: FFII

Patent protest

Patent protesters take to the streets

This sign boils down the patent protesters' argument to a simple slogan.

Credit: FFII

Patent protest

Patent protesters take to the streets

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."

Credit: FFII

Patent protest