[FSFE PR][EN] FSF Europe releases Fiduciary Licence Agreement V1.0

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Tue Feb 4 16:43:00 CET 2003

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   FSF Europe releases Fiduciary Licence Agreement V1.0

February 4th, 2002

   The Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce the first
   publicly available version of its Fiduciary Licence Agreement
   (FLA); an agreement that will help securing the legal stability of
   Free Software by allowing the FSF Europe to act as the fiduciary
   for Free Software authors and projects.

   By this, the Fiduciary Licence Agreement will help retaining the
   legal maintainability of Free Software, making sure that Free
   Software remains legally safe to use in all areas commercial or

   While reducing the legal risks for authors of Free Software, it
   will enable the FSF Europe to defend Free Software on behalf of the
   author against abuse - even in court, if necessary.

   And it will provide a solid neutral ground for projects with
   parties involved that differ in their aims and policies, be they
   commercial or non-commercial.

   "We see an increasing amount of commercial or publicly funded
   projects at the moment on national and European scale," says Georg
   Greve, President of the FSF Europe. "They tend to be temporally
   limited partnerships between parties that may have conflicting
   interests in other fields."

   Georg Greve continues: "Therefore it becomes increasingly important
   to offer solutions that will allow the projects to prosper when
   that time has run out; because that is usually when the life of a
   Free Software project has just begun. The FLA offers such a

   The first version of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement is now
   available online at http://fsfeurope.org/projects/fla/

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.



   FSF Europe:
        Georg C. F. Greve   <greve at fsfeurope.org>
        phone: +49-40-23809080
        fax:   +49-40-23809081

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