(Side note: some people don't understand the opposition to software patents, so let me explain. Software is math. Plain old math. You are describing things to the computer mathematically. You cannot patent math. Also, the old test is, "If you can kick it, you can patent it." Software is protected by copyrights. Ideas are copyrights, identifiers are trademarks, and physical objects are patents. Everyone has their protection, but software is the only one that gets more than its allotted protections.)
The vote came down. EU voted 648 to 14 against software patents.
Six hundred forty fuckin' eight.
And the number wouldn't have been such a blowout, but a lot of voters were annoyed by the lobbyists representing those that wanted software patents, and voted against them out of spite.
They say Europe is different from the US. I'll say. No software patents, lobbyists are a liability, and the beer is better.