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French Presidential Candidates on Free Software, Related Issues

Apr 23, 2007, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"When free software supporters participate in the French presidential election on April 22 for the first round of voting, they will have information that may be unique in the world: position statements from all major parties on issues about free software, copyright, patents, and digital rights. Even more surprisingly--at least from a North American perspective--a majority of the candidates have heard of these issues and developed positions on them.

"This information comes courtesy of APRIL, French advocacy group whose full name translates to the Association for Promotion and Research in Libre Computing. In February, APRIL sent out 14 detailed questions to the presidential candidates, asking them for their positions on both general issues and points particular to French legislation..."

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