[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE : End non-free advertisement: stamp out the ads!
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press at fsfeurope.org
Wed Nov 3 11:51:38 CET 2010
= End non-free advertisement: stamp out the ads! =
[permanent URL : http://www.fsfe.org/news/2010/news-2010-11-02-01.html]
One month, one campaign, one goal: getting rid of non-free software
advertisements on public websites. In four weeks, FSFE received
reports concerning 2162 European institutions who advertise
non-free PDF readers. Apart from the 305 activists who participated to
the search, 1500 individuals, 46 businesses and 38 organisations
signed our Petition For The Removal Of Proprietary Software
Advertising On Public Websites. Now that the hunt is over, it's time
to chase up those websites which encourage visitors to jeopardise
their freedom. It's time to stamp out the ads!
Highly motivated volunteers searched the internet for public websites
that advertise non-free software and reported 2162 institutions.
Some of them, like Massimo Barbieri and Lucas Bickel individually
reported more than 350! Alessandro Albini, Rainer Schmitz, and Pavel
Kharitonov also made a remarkable contribution in reporting around 50
But the FSFE won't stop with a list of institutions. In the coming
weeks, FSFE will send letters to the institutions to draw their
attention to their unfair advertising. In the name of the signatories
of the petition, FSFE will ask the institutions to either remove
any recommendation for non-free software from their website, or give a
choice of several programs.
Wherever you are, whatever time you have, you can contribute to the
removal of non-free software adverts on public websites. The amazing
work of the ads hunters and our translators has laid a firm
foundation for the next phase. Now it is up to you to enable us to get
things done. You can make a difference! Help us to translate the
letter into missing languages or donate to the PDF readers campaign
fund to help cover the 1600 EUR for postage and the extra costs of
administration to deliver the messages throughout Europe. Help us
stamp out the ads!
== About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
non-governmental organisation active in many European countries
and involved in many global activities. Access to software
determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal
participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues
and is dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by
the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001,
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 FSFE.
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