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  5. How much does freedom influence your life - December 9th, 2004
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  10. How much does freedom influence your life?
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  12. <h3>December 9th, 2004</h3>
  13. <p>Dear Reader,</p>
  14. <p>how much does freedom influence your life?</p>
  15. <p>We -- the the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) -- believe that
  16. freedom substantially influences all parts of our lives from economy,
  17. which would be impossible without freedom, to society, which depends
  18. upon freedom to uphold our cultural and social values. That is why
  19. freedom is priceless to us and we work hard for freedom in the digital
  20. society.</p>
  21. <p>Being a non-profit organisation, much work is done by volunteers, but
  22. not everything can be done that way. Working for something as
  23. priceless as freedom does have a cost. That is why we would like you
  24. to support our work, which we want to convince you of in this letter.</p>
  25. <p>The struggle over who controls the digital world is happening today
  26. and is fought with technology, law and money:</p>
  27. <ol>
  28. <li><p>Technological means: What began with the vendor lock-in effect of
  29. proprietary formats shall now be extended and perfected with
  30. technologies such as "Digital Rights Management" (DRM) and "Trusted
  31. Computing" (TC).</p>
  32. <p>Computer users, be they companies, people or governments, lose
  33. control over their data, which is locked away in formats they have no
  34. power over and for which only their vendor determines what is allowed
  35. and what is restricted.</p></li>
  36. <li><p>Legal means: Due to intensive lobbying, the TRIPS agreement came
  37. to pass and is now administrated by the World Intellectual Property
  38. Organization (WIPO), one of the United Nations agencies. This
  39. agreement is the reason for the "European Copyright Directive" (EUCD)
  40. and its ideology also found its way into the "IPR Enforcement
  41. Directive" (IPRED).</p>
  42. <p>While seemingly unrelated at first, the EUCD has found its way into
  43. most national laws in the EU and introduces legal grounds against
  44. "circumvention of technical protection measures."</p>
  45. <p>In other words: It makes it illegal for you to open the box into
  46. which your vendor has locked away your data.</p></li>
  47. <li><p>Monetary means: The European Commission antitrust ruling against
  48. Microsoft was one of the most spectacular antitrust cases, also
  49. because it contained the largest fine in European antitrust history,
  50. roughly 500 million Euro.</p>
  51. <p>Microsoft is trying to overthrow that ruling in European Court and
  52. has been soliciting supporters of the European Commission into
  53. withdrawing their support, namely SUN, Novell and the CCIA.</p>
  54. <p>Although the antitrust fine may have broken all records, the money
  55. Microsoft has spent on these activities is already several times that
  56. amount. Should Microsoft succeed with this strategy, it seems
  57. unlikely that the Commission would be able to successfully pursue
  58. antitrust measures against Microsoft ever again.</p></li>
  59. </ol>
  60. <p>These are three of the areas the Free Software Foundation Europe is
  61. working on. We build awareness for the dangers of DRM and TC, which we
  62. believe are more adequately called "Digital Restriction Management"
  63. and "Treacherous Computing," and work on keeping Free Software able to
  64. provide alternatives which preserves your freedom to access your data.</p>
  65. <p>We have been actively working at the United Nations World Summit on the
  66. Information Society (WSIS) [<a name="ref1" href="#1">1</a>] and just
  67. become observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  68. [<a name="ref2" href="#2">2</a>] , which we seek to change and where we
  69. work with others to challenge TRIPS.</p>
  70. <p>And finally, we are third party in the case of Microsoft against the
  71. European Commission in front of the European Court [<a name="ref3"
  72. href="#3">3</a>] where much of the EC case now rests upon us and the
  73. Samba Team that we represent.</p>
  74. <p>Samba [<a name="ref4" href="#4">4</a>] is the last remaining
  75. interoperable solution and competition in the workgroup server market and
  76. we intend to defend its right to compete with Microsoft so you will be
  77. able to still have an alternative in the future.</p>
  78. <p>These are just some of the activities we are working on to make sure
  79. that you will retain your economic and social freedom in the digital
  80. society -- more projects can be found on our web page. [<a name="ref5"
  81. href="#5">5</a>]</p>
  82. <p>Being a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, we are working on
  83. these issues independently, neutrally and solely dedicated to Free
  84. Software as in freedom. [<a name="ref6" href="#6">6</a>]</p>
  85. <p>That work is supported by companies and people [<a name="ref7"
  86. href="#7">7</a>] who wish to see their freedom upheld and we hope that
  87. you will be among them, too. [<a name="ref8" href="#8">8</a>]</p>
  88. <p>Best regards,</p>
  89. <p>
  90. <a href="/about/greve/index.html">Georg Greve</a><br />
  91. President<br />
  92. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)<br />
  93. <a href="/"></a>
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  95. <p class="footnote">[<a name="1" href="#ref1">1</a>] <a name="ref1" href="/campaigns/wsis/"></a></p>
  96. <p class="footnote">[<a name="2" href="#ref2">2</a>] <a name="ref2" href="/activities/wipo/"></a></p>
  97. <p class="footnote">[<a name="3" href="#ref3">3</a>] <a name="ref3" href="/activities/ms-vs-eu/"></a></p>
  98. <p class="footnote">[<a name="4" href="#ref4">4</a>] <a name="ref4" href=""></a></p>
  99. <p class="footnote">[<a name="5" href="#ref5">5</a>] <a name="ref5" href="/projects/"></a></p>
  100. <p class="footnote">[<a name="6" href="#ref6">6</a>] <a name="ref6" href="/about"></a></p>
  101. <p class="footnote">[<a name="7" href="#ref7">7</a>] <a name="ref7" href="thankgnus.html"></a></p>
  102. <p class="footnote">[<a name="8" href="#ref8">8</a>] <a name="ref8" href="donate.html"></a></p>
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