It means that software will be covered by copyright, and the rights of the copyright holders should not be devalued by third parties' software patents. It has allowed an exception where computer programs replace an mechanical or electromagnetic component. In addition the Parliament made clear that governmental actions related to patents must never interfere with the legality of distributing Free Software.
Matthias Kirschner, of the free software federation said the move is an important step to fix the software patent insanity.
“It's great to see that all of Germany's major parties understand that software patents are a huge problem and that they are acting accordingly," he said,
Tens of thousands of software patents in Germany and Europe present enormous cost and liability risks, especially for SMEs. Several German SME associations welcomed the Parliament's decision. Any moves in Germany should result in similar drafts in other EU countries.