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  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
  2. <html>
  3. <version>1</version>
  4. <head>
  5. <title>PDFreaders - Model letter</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8. <p id="category"><a href="pdfreaders.html">Free Software PDF Readers</a></p>
  9. <h1>Model letter to contact the institutions</h1>
  10. <!-- Commented out references to the FSFE
  11. <p class="image half">
  12. <img src="/graphics/logo.png" alt="FSFE logo" />
  13. </p>
  14. <p class="half last">
  15. Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.<br/>
  16. Linienstr. 141<br/>
  17. 10115 Berlin<br/>
  18. Germany
  19. </p>
  20. -->
  21. <p class="half last">
  22. Your name<br/>
  23. Your address<br/>
  24. Your city<br/>
  25. Your country
  26. </p>
  27. <p>
  28. Name of the institution<br/>
  29. Postal address<br/>
  30. Country
  31. </p>
  32. <p>Dear Mr or Ms,</p>
  33. <p>
  34. Subject: Advertising for proprietary software on your website
  35. </p>
  36. <p>
  37. We have <!-- Commented out because buglist will soon be closed
  38. received a <a
  39. href="/activities/pdfreaders/buglist.html">report that your
  40. institution</a> -->
  41. noticed that your institution is advertising a proprietary
  42. software program. In the present case, you are advising users
  43. of your website to download the proprietary PDF reader
  44. <var>PDFREADER</var> from <var>COMPANY</var>, for example
  45. on <var>URL</var> <!-- for the rare cases they promote Foxit or
  46. another reader we can add that here -->. Even though this program
  47. is gratis it is advertisement for a certain company, like
  48. advertisement for a gratis test drive with a car is advertisement
  49. for the manufacturer. So with this advertisement you favour one
  50. company and its software over everyone else in the market,
  51. distorting the competition in the software market.
  52. </p>
  53. <p>
  54. One solution to this is to remove the advertisement from your
  55. website. On
  56. you can find a list of organisations, companies, and individuals
  57. who support this request by signing the "Petition For The Removal
  58. Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Websites". By
  59. adhering to the <a href="/freesoftware/standards/def.html">Open Standard</a>
  60. PDF, you make sure your documents can be opened by all programs
  61. that implement the PDF standard, no matter from which vendor. If
  62. you want to provide the visitors guidance, we recommend that you
  63. list several PDF readers, by saying something like "to open this
  64. PDF file, you need a PDF reader. You can download one of the
  65. following programs (list is not exhaustive)". Both alternatives
  66. are much fairer than recommending just one reader made by one
  67. company.
  68. </p>
  69. <p>
  70. On you can find some examples of PDF
  71. readers which you could point to on your website. All readers
  72. listed there are Free Software, which means that everybody is free
  73. to use them for any purpose, study how they work, share them
  74. either gratis or for a fee, and improve the program. These readers
  75. are vendor-neutral, and every company can sell the program, adapt
  76. it for their own solutions, or make the software a part of the
  77. services they offer.
  78. </p>
  79. <p>
  80. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Free
  81. Software and Open Standards in general, we remain available to
  82. offer you our full support.
  83. </p>
  84. <p>
  85. Kind regards,<br />
  86. <!-- Commented out references to the FSFE
  87. Karsten Gerloff<br />
  88. President, Free Software Foundation Europe
  89. -->
  90. Your signature
  91. </p>
  92. </body>
  93. </html>