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  4. <title>FSFE - News - NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force</title>
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  7. <h1>NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force</h1>
  8. <p>FSFE's Freedom Task Force was launched in November 2006 to help support
  9. individuals, projects and businesses with Free Software licensing. The
  10. initial phase of the FTF was possible thanks to support by the
  11. Netherlands based philanthropic organisation NLnet foundation. NLnet's
  12. support allowed the FTF to provide training, consultancy and to work in
  13. partnership with gpl-violations.org to resolve licence issues in the
  14. European area. The FTF also formed networks of technical and legal
  15. experts to foster cooperation between lawyers, projects and businesses
  16. with licensing concerns. Now, after just over twelve months of
  17. continual growth, NLnet is providing a second round of financial support
  18. to this innovative legal project.</p>
  19. <p>"The next twelve months are going to be pretty exciting for the FTF and
  20. for Free Software in general," says Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator. "The
  21. European anti-trust case against Microsoft was recently completed, the
  22. amount of Free Software savvy lawyers is increasing and Free Software
  23. adoption is rapidly rising. Free Software is no longer an alternative.
  24. It's mainstream." The FTF will play a part in ensuring that this
  25. mainstream technology is as simple to use and distribute as possible. We
  26. will continue to produce knowledge, to train people, to connect people and
  27. to resolve issues that occur. Thanks to NLnet I believe the FTF will be in
  28. a position to help lead European Free Software licensing best practice."</p>
  29. <p>"We consider the user-friendly legal framework behind the development of
  30. Free Software to be one of the core assets, and a strong driver of
  31. constant innovation," states Michiel Leenaars, strategy manager at
  32. NLnet. "But as with any fine print it takes some work to understand the
  33. opportunities. The Freedom Task Force is creating awareness and building
  34. a network of expertise across Europe".</p>
  35. <p>Today the FTF's legal and technical networks cover sixteen European
  36. countries, have over seventy members and include contacts from the USA,
  37. Canada, Australia, South Korea and Taiwan. The FTF delivers training
  38. courses in Switzerland in cooperation with Digicomp, in Sweden with
  39. Internet Academy and in The Netherlands with ATComputing. We have
  40. identified an area of the Free Software community that needed further
  41. development and we are determined to ensure that Europe has excellent
  42. licensing knowledge available to the widest possible audience," says
  43. Shane Coughlan. "I'm confident that the FTF will continue to deliver
  44. high quality assistance to both non-commercial and commercial
  45. stakeholders."</p>
  46. <p>With NLnet's support, the FTF will continue to expand the European Legal
  47. and Technical Networks to cover the entire EU and to help individuals,
  48. projects and businesses understand Free Software licensing. The FTF's
  49. current training courses will be expanded and delivered in Germany, Italy
  50. and the UK.</p>
  51. <p>"This is only the beginning," concludes Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator.</p>
  52. <p>The Freedom Task Force can be found at <a href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf/"
  53. title="Freedom Task Force">http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf/</a><br />
  54. The Freedom Task Force can be emailed at ftf at fsfeurope.org</p>
  55. <p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
  56. <p class="aboutfsfe">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  57. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  58. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  59. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the
  60. information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free Software
  61. Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the furthering of
  62. Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy.
  63. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues, securing Free
  64. Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by
  65. supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.</p>
  66. <p>Contact:</p>
  67. <address>
  68. You can reach the FSFE switchboard from:<br />
  69. Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57 ext 408<br />
  70. Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73 ext 408<br />
  71. Sweden: +46 31 7802160 ext 408<br />
  72. Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66 ext 408<br />
  73. UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7 ext 408
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  75. <address>
  76. Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, FSFE extension: 408
  77. </address>
  78. <address>
  79. Joachim Jakobs, Media Relations, FSFE extension: 404<br />
  80. mobile: +49-179-6919565
  81. </address>
  82. <address>
  83. Further information: <a href="http://fsfeurope.org">http://fsfeurope.org</a>
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