This magazine edition exists of articles written for the mastercourse 'Spaces of New Media'. The articles displayed here were written by a team of students that together created the best journal of the entire course under the name "Digital Artifacts: New Roles, Skills and Practices."
The decision is less about technology, it is rather a decision on cultural freedom and the free market. Software patents will stifle economic growth and innovation, they are used by monopolistic companies to regulate markets and to rule out competitors.
The demonstrate against the attempts of the few big corporations and their lobby to restrict the economic development of European companies.
The directive on software patents and restrictive copyrights is a major threat to innovation and cultural freedom in Europe. Unfortunately the EU Commission succeeded in adopting the directive that is widely criticized. In an undemocratic act the Commission adopted the software patent directive against the will of various member countries.