[FSFE PR][EN] Portuguese National Association for Free Software becomes associate of the Free Software Foundation Europe

FSF Europe team at fsfeurope.org
Fri Jan 18 14:17:57 CET 2002

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  "Portuguese National Association for Free Software becomes associate
                               of the Free Software Foundation Europe"

 The FSF Europe gladly announces that the Portuguese "Associação
Nacional para o Software Livre" (ANSOL) is now an associate
organization of the Free Software Foundation Europe.

 ANSOL has joined the FSF Europe to actively support its activities and
work for free software in Europe and to facilitate cooperation with
organizations in other Portuguese-speaking countries.

 The first important task ANSOL is currently working on is the study of
the implications for free software of the European Union Copyright
Directive and other European and national legislation.

 "This collaboration is a very important step for the Portuguese and
European free software community. Problems faced by the free software
community in Portugal are similar to those faced in other European
countries; by joining forces with FSFE we can solve this problems more
efficiently" said Jaime Villate, founding member of ANSOL.

 "Creating an associated organization is usually the first important
step to bring the FSF Europe to another country," says Georg Greve,
President of Free Software Foundation Europe. "We are glad that people
in Portugal wish to become part of our vision for a Europe united in
Free Software."

About ANSOL:

 ANSOL is a recently born non-profit association with the primary goal
of promoting Free Software in Portugal.

 More information: http://www.ansol.org/

About the Free Software Foundation Europe:

 The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable
non-governmental organization dedicated to all aspects of Free
Software in Europe. Access to software determines who may participate
in a digital society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and
redistribute software - as described in the Free Software definition -
allow equal participation in the information age. Creating awareness
for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and
giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the
European sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the
United States.

 More information: http://fsfeurope.org/


   Georg C. F. Greve <greve at gnu.org>
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   Jonas Öberg <jonas at gnu.org>
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