posting politics on technical mailing list is difficult...
It may be worth for the European developpers on the list to conside for a secod that apparently EU software patents are becoming an issue: http://swpat.ffii.org/ has more. If I remember right, some years ago a Berlin company claimed (unsuccesfully) intellectual rights on the Photon-Map concept, so with stricter legislation, these things may directly affect our work one day.
Nothing more to it- I just wanted to spread the idea (check the Debian and Apache webpages for further links).
pab-opto, Freiburg, Germany, www.pab-opto.de