Berlin sends a message for "I love Free Software" day

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Tue Feb 14 08:07:12 CET 2017

 = Berlin sends a message for "I love Free Software" day =

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In celebration of the "I love Free Software" day on February 14, the
Berlin Reichtag has been illuminated with the message "Give Free
Software A Chance" last weekend. On numerous buildings and symbolic
places in Berlin other messages have been projected. "Build Free
Software - Not Walls" could have been read on the Berlin Wall, and the
Federal Ministry of Finances has been decorated by the slogan "Public
Money, Public Code". Thereby, activists draw attention to the importance
of larger appreciation of Free Software.

FSFE representatives also delivered an open letter together with a rose
to all members of German parliament in which they demand a higher
political support of Free Software and the a higher recognition of
voluntary Free Software development.

    Max Mehl, program manager of FSFE, comments: "Free Software enables
    everyone to use, study, share, and improve programs for any purpose.
    These rights help support other fundamental rights like freedom of
    speech, freedom of press and privacy. Therefore, we ask politics and
    administration to put publicly financed software under a free
    license. Software funded by public money should be a common good and
    available to all people so that the whole society can benefit from

The "I love Free Software" day is being celebrated on every Valentine's
Day and is dedicated to the countless voluntary contributors of Free

Further information:

- Pictures of the activity under a free license [1]

- Letter to the members of German parliament [2] (German)

- About "I love Free Software" day [3]


  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
  control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than
  restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
  understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other
  fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

  The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free
  Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.
  It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software
  adoption, encourage people to use and develop Free Software, and
  provide resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software
  in Europe.

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