June 17, 2002

FFII associated with FSF Europe

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is now an
official associate organisation of the Free Software Foundation Europe
(FSFE).
This follows a decision of the last general assembly of FFII to
   cooperate more closely with FSF Europe and was greatly welcomed by FSF
   Europe. The FFII is the first associate organisation of the FSF Europe
   based in Germany which is a strong Free Software country.
   
   "The FFII has been the backbone of the resistance against fully
   introducing software patents in Europe", explains Georg Greve, 
   President of Free Software Foundation Europe. "This hard and tedious
   work is very important because patents on software restrict the
   freedom of knowledge and software significantly. Strengthening
   the FFII therefore furthers the cause for Free Software in Germany."
   
   "We have always promoted open information systems as an essential
   underpinning of an open society", says Hartmut Pilch, president of
   FFII. "Free software has done more to make our society free and
   productive than many standardisation efforts and political initiatives
   have ever achieved. No matter what worthy aim you may be pursuing, be
   it fair competition, secure infrastructures, innovation, productivity
   or civil liberty, you often end up writing Free Software."
   
       
About the Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

   The "Förderverein für eine Freie Informationelle Infrastruktur" (FFII)
   was founded in Munich 1999 and is non-profit association under german
   law that promotes a sustainable development of public information
   goods based on copyright, free competition and open standards. The
   FFII is a member of the EuroLinux Alliance and is well known for its
   activities for the protection of information innovation against the
   abuse of the patent system in Europe.

   www.ffii.org
   

About the Free Software Foundation Europe

   The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable
   non-governmental organization dedicated to all aspects of Free
   Software in Europe. Access to software determines who may participate
   in a digital society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and
   redistribute software - as described in the Free Software definition -
   allow equal participation in the information age. Creating awareness
   for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and
   giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
   central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the
   European sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the
   United States.

   www.fsfeurope.org

   
Contact

   FSF Europe:
        Georg C. F. Greve   
        phone: +49-40-23809080
        fax:   +49-40-23809081
                
   FFII:
        Hartmut Pilch 
        phone: +49-89-12789608
        fax:   +49-89-1278960
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