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Título: Newsletter-es Digest, Vol 47, Issue 1 - FSFE's reply to EU consultation on patents and standard- Enlace 1 - Enlace 2

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FSFE Newsletter - March 2015

por Matthias Kirschner

FSFE's reply to EU consultation on patents and standard

We believe that proprietary standards and software patents are barriers to
Free Software adoption. To get rid of those barriers we have to help the public
administration to understand this, too. That is why last month we responded to
a consultation on the interaction of standards and patents by the European
Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry,
Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

In our response, we focused
mainly on how software patents negatively affect competition and innovation in
the software market. We also highlighted that so-called “fair, reasonable and
non-discriminatory” (FRAND) licensing terms are in practice a grave
discrimination against Free Software. In many segments of the software market,
these programs are the most significant competition to non-free offerings. So
the FSFE recommends that standards organisations instead implement the
successful patent licensing policies of the W3C and other bodies, and make the
restriction-free licensing of standard-essential patents mandatory.

If you want to help us to promote Open Standards, please participate in this
year's Document Freedom Day (see this month's get active item at the end of the

Free Software as integral part of Open Educational Resources

The more we see classic educational environments equipped with computers,
the more important becomes an education system that teaches every student to be
in control of their technology. For the FSFE, the basis for this is Free

Together with other partners in the “Bündnis Freie Bildung” (Free Education
Alliance) we published a position paper about
the creation and usage of Open Educational Resources (OER)
. The paper has a
specific focus on the creation and usage of OER inside the German educational
system. It should be mandatory to publish educational resources including
software that has been paid with public money under free licences. Furthermore,
the position paper demands that educational institutions should consider the
compatibility with Free Software already during the development or extension of
their IT infrastructures. By this it envisions to have “all educational
resources usable without any legal or technical barriers”.

If you want to know more about what happened in the education field
connected with Free Software, read the
January Education team report

What happened on the “I love Free Software” day?

On 14 February 2015 people all over the world showed Free Software
contributors their appreciation. It was the fifth year we asked people to
participate in the “I Love Free Software” day. This year's report shows a variety of
love declarations that happened this day
, including blog posts, pictures,
comics, poems, and an #ilovefs Android library.

We want to thank everybody who motivated Free Software contributors at this
year's “I love Free Software” day, and ask everybody to mark 14 February in
their calendars to motivate the people who enable us to control our

Something completely different

Get active: Be a part of Document Freedom Day 2015!

Every year since 2008, people who care about a free information society
celebrate Document Freedom Day to
raise awareness of Open Standards. This year again people around the world come
together on 25 March to talk about access to communications, run local public
activities, and generally spread the word about Open Standards in a dozen
different ways.

We are offering promotion materials in many languages, and artwork you can
remix, share and improve to publicise your own event. If you are running a
local event, we may be able to offer funding of your local activities or your
local print runs - thanks to DFD's sponsors. To get inspired, take a look at what other
groups from Mexico to Japan did last year

Participate in DFD

Thanks to all the volunteers, Fellows and
corporate donors who enable our work,

Matthias Kirschner - FSFE