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Your comments are needed to support open standards in Europe

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jul 18, 2007 05:56 PM

The debate about document formats in Massachusetts is one example of the way standards can impact the world of free software.

If a standard is patent-encumbered, then free software developers may not be free to write software that implements the standard, without first obtaining a patent license. This effectively prevents free software users from following the standard.

There is an important issue facing the European Commission now with regard to standards, and they need to hear from you. Please support this campaign in favor of open standards by adding your signature on their web page (by 2007 September 15), answering the European Commission's request for comments, and asking your friends and colleagues to do the same.

The EC is considering an update to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) that would threaten what has been an ongoing push for open standards. This second version of the Framework has not yet been endorsed -- there is still time to stop it.

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