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Hartmut Pilch (born 7 July 1963 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is a German software developer, translator, and digital rights activist who founded the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure or FFII.
Since early 2015, Harmut Pilch has been an active participant of demonstrations and rallies by the Munich branch of the islamophobic and racist organization PEGIDA. As a participant, he has conducted numerous speeches where he makes claims of an impending thread of "population exchange" in Germany due to the presence of foreigners and supposedly "uncontrolled immigration". Though these claims have been disproven, he continues to claim they will result in loss of identity of the German people."
In 2000, he led a campaign aimed to prevent the removal of the exclusion of computer programs as such from patenting in Art. 52(2) of the European Patent Convention. In 2003, he led again a campaign against the patentability of software in Europe. Along with the support of an extensive grassroots network, he lobbied and convinced the members of the European Parliament to amend a directive proposal on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions (initially written by the European Commission). He is also strongly opposed to the current practice of the European Patent Organisation regarding software patents.
He also founded the Eurolinux Alliance.
In November 2005, at the General Assembly of the FFII e. V., Hartmut Pilch stepped aside as president of the FFII, and Pieter Hintjens, CEO of iMatix, was elected the new FFII president. Hartmut Pilch continued on the board as vice-president of FFII and later on, as its treasurer.
He is a former employee of SuSE
- Jacoby, Mary (2006-09-12). "How Hartmut Pilch, Avid Computer Geek, Bested Microsoft". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-02-18.