REUSE Booster helps Free Software projects with licensing and copyright

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 = REUSE Booster helps Free Software projects with licensing and copyright =

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REUSE is a set of best practices to make Free Software licensing much
easier. It helps developers with simple guidelines to declare their
copyright and conditions for code re-use and provides help documents and
low-threshold tools to get the job done. With REUSE Booster, we start to
give direct support for Free Software projects.

Since its beginning, the aim of REUSE [1], an initiative led by the Free
Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), has been to make licensing and
copyright drastically easier for developers, especially those without
legal experience and assistance. It is fair to say that this goal has
already been achieved.

REUSE offers standardised ways to mark all files in a project with their
respective license and copyright. For developers, creating Free Software
and communicating their conditions for code re-use are easier than ever
before. REUSE offers a tutorial and FAQ, as well as the REUSE helper
tool and the API to automate once manual processes. We are continuously
working on improving all of these. But we won't stop here.

 == Introducing REUSE Booster ==

With REUSE Booster, we go one step further. We invite Free Software
projects to register for getting help [2] by the FSFE's legal experts.
As the name suggests, this will boost the process of adopting the best
practices as well as general understanding of licensing and copyright.

Accepted projects will be onboarded in a kick-off workshop in which the
process and typical questions are clarified. Afterwards, each project
will receive an individual evaluation that reveals potential challenges
on their path to full REUSE compliance. If unforeseen problems arise,
there will be direct contact persons that can provide guidance. Last but
not least we will share practical suggestions on how to maintain a
stable licensing status.

The FSFE already provides similar support for all projects in the Next
Generation Internet Zero (NGI0) project [3]. As consortium partners, we
help developers to resolve licensing and copyright uncertainties and
avoid legal pitfalls. Furthermore, many of them adopt the REUSE best
practices to streamline their compliance. We now build on this practical
experience and enable other projects to benefit from it. This is made
possible by REUSE sponsors [4] like Siemens and individual support by
FSFE volunteers and supporters [5].

If your Free Software project wants to get support to become REUSE
compliant, register [6] before 8 July 2021. Please also spread the word
and inform other developers about this opportunity.

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  == Over de Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is een goed doel dat gebruikers in staat
  stelt om technologie te controleren.  Software is sterk verweven met
  alle aspecten van onze levens. Het is belangrijk dat deze technologie
  ons tot iets in staat stelt in plaats van ons te beperken. Vrije
  Software geeft iedereen het recht om software te gebruiken, te
  begrijpen, aan te passen en te delen. Deze rechten helpen het
  ondersteunen van andere fundamentele vrijheden zoals de vrijheid van
  meningsuiting, pers en privacy.

  De FSFE helpt individuen en organisaties begrijpen hoe Vrije Software
  bijdraagt aan vrijheid, transparantie en zelfbeschikking. We verbeteren
  gebruikersrechten door het opheffen van barrières voor de adoptie van
  Vrije Software, moedigen mensen aan om Vrije Software te gebruiken en te
  ontwikkelen en voorzien in middelen om iedereen in staat te stellen
  Vrije Software in Europa verder te promoten.

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