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  3. <head>
  4. <title>PDFreaders - Model letter</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body id="pdfreaders">
  7. <p id="category"><a href="pdfreaders.html">Free Software PDF Readers</a></p>
  8. <h1>Model letter to contact the institutions</h1>
  9. <!-- Commented out references to the FSFE
  10. <p class="image half">
  11. <img src="/graphics/logo.png" alt="FSFE logo" />
  12. </p>
  13. <p class="half last">
  14. Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.<br/>
  15. Linienstr. 141<br/>
  16. 10115 Berlin<br/>
  17. Germany
  18. </p>
  19. -->
  20. <p class="half last">
  21. Your name<br/>
  22. Your address<br/>
  23. Your city<br/>
  24. Your country
  25. </p>
  26. <p>
  27. Name of the institution<br/>
  28. Postal address<br/>
  29. Country
  30. </p>
  31. <p>Dear Mr or Ms,</p>
  32. <p>
  33. Subject: Advertising for proprietary software on your website
  34. </p>
  35. <p>
  36. We have <!-- Commented out because buglist will soon be closed
  37. received a <a
  38. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.html">report that your
  39. institution</a> -->
  40. noticed that your institution is advertising a proprietary
  41. software program. In the present case, you are advising users
  42. of your website to download the proprietary PDF reader
  43. <var>PDFREADER</var> from <var>COMPANY</var>, for example
  44. on <var>URL</var> <!-- for the rare cases they promote Foxit or
  45. another reader we can add that here -->. Even though this program
  46. is gratis it is advertisement for a certain company, like
  47. advertisement for a gratis test drive with a car is advertisement
  48. for the manufacturer. So with this advertisement you favour one
  49. company and its software over everyone else in the market,
  50. distorting the competition in the software market.
  51. </p>
  52. <p>
  53. One solution to this is to remove the advertisement from your
  54. website. On http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.html
  55. you can find a list of organisations, companies, and individuals
  56. who support this request by signing the "Petition For The Removal
  57. Of Proprietary Software Advertising On Public Websites". By
  58. adhering to the <a href="/activities/os/def.html">Open Standard</a>
  59. PDF, you make sure your documents can be opened by all programs
  60. that implement the PDF standard, no matter from which vendor. If
  61. you want to provide the visitors guidance, we recommend that you
  62. list several PDF readers, by saying something like "to open this
  63. PDF file, you need a PDF reader. You can download one of the
  64. following programs (list is not exhaustive)". Both alternatives
  65. are much fairer than recommending just one reader made by one
  66. company.
  67. </p>
  68. <p>
  69. On http://www.pdfreaders.org/ you can find some examples of PDF
  70. readers which you could point to on your website. All readers
  71. listed there are Free Software, which means that everybody is free
  72. to use them for any purpose, study how they work, share them
  73. either gratis or for a fee, and improve the program. These readers
  74. are vendor-neutral, and every company can sell the program, adapt
  75. it for their own solutions, or make the software a part of the
  76. services they offer.
  77. </p>
  78. <p>
  79. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Free
  80. Software and Open Standards in general, we remain available to
  81. offer you our full support.
  82. </p>
  83. <p>
  84. Kind regards,<br />
  85. <!-- Commented out references to the FSFE
  86. Karsten Gerloff<br />
  87. President, Free Software Foundation Europe
  88. -->
  89. Your signature
  90. </p>
  91. </body>
  92. <timestamp>$Date: 2010-10-15 13:30:29 +0200 (Fri, 15 Oct 2010) $ $Author: mk $</timestamp>
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