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  4. <title>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE provides input to EC on collective redress</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">On Friday, Free Software Foundation
  9. Europe asked the European Commission to create a legal
  10. avenue for citizens seeking collective redress against
  11. companies. In its <a
  12. href="http://fsfe.org/activities/policy/eu/20110429.CollectiveRedress.Response.FSFE.pdf">
  13. contribution</a> to a <a
  14. href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/redress_cons/collective_redress_en.htm#cr">public
  15. consultation</a> by the
  16. Commision, FSFE argues that consumers should be able to join
  17. forces in order to defend their rights against harmful business
  18. practices. </p>
  19. <p>"Collective redress" is a legal concept which allows
  20. citizens and businesses that are individually harmed by
  21. illegal behaviour of a given company to bundle their
  22. claims in a single procedure. Not only does this simplify
  23. the process and reduce costs. Since starting a lawsuit on
  24. a personal basis carries great financial risks, for most
  25. citizens collective redress is also the only realistic
  26. path to take legal action against bad business practices.
  27. </p>
  28. <p>
  29. Being concerned with numerous complaints over pre-installed
  30. Microsoft Windows operating system, FSFE has provided the EC with
  31. its vision of the main principles for a collective redress
  32. procedure which would make it easier and more effective for
  33. consumers to act against monopolistic marketing practices.
  34. </p>
  35. <p>
  36. In March, FSFE <a href="http://fsfe.org/news/2011/news-20110321-01.en.html">announced its support</a> for the class action sought by Italian consumers association ADUC against Microsoft's persistent failure to reimburse unwanted operating system licenses which consumers had acquired together with computers.
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