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European Elections and the Free Software Pact

by Peter Brown Contributions Published on Apr 14, 2009 09:55 AM
Free Software advocacy associations April (France/Belgium) and Associazione per il software libero (Italy) have launched a joint campaign aimed at the European Parliament elections in early June. The campaign invites citizens to ask candidates to sign the Free Software Pact.
The Free Software Pact is a simple document with which candidates can inform the voting public that they favor the development and use of free software, and will protect it from possible threatening EU legislation.

The Free Software Pact is also a tool for citizens who value free software to educate candidates about the importance of free software and why they should, if elected, protect the European free software community.

Richard M. Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, declares: " Big dangers threaten the freedoms of free software in Europe: software patents, DRM, bundled sales, treacherous computing... I call on all European citizens who value free software to join this campaign, contact their candidates and have them sign the Free Software Pact. "

A European website and a wiki will provide anyone who wants to join the campaign with all the necessary tools and information. Please visit http://freesoftwarepact.eu/.





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