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League for Programming Freedom

60 Thoreau Street #299
Concord MA 01742-2411
US

http://progfree.org/

The League for Programming Freedom is an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights.

Letter to Former Members of LPF


2009-09-15:

We are pleased to announce the return of the League for Programming Freedom, the membership organization founded by Richard Stallman two decades ago to fight against software patents and user interface copyright. The LPF has been dormant since 1996, but we have completed all the legal paperwork necessary to exercise the full abilities of a 501(c)(4) non-profit tax-exempt corporation. Thanks to the stewardship of Treasurer Aubrey Jaffer, we have funds to get things going again.

Philippe Kahn, founder of Borland International credits the LPF with having won their Supreme Court case (Lotus v. Borland 1996), which invalidated user interface copyrights. However, software patents remain a world-wide threat. In the US, the Bilski case may or may not eliminate software patents when the Supreme Court finishes with it. If it does, the megacorporations will surely pressure Congress to authorize them again.

The LPF is preparing to resume an active role in the software patent issue, and we need your help once again. Everyone's membership in the LPF has expired. We need to reestablish the membership rolls. You were entitled to vote in the election that we failed to hold a decade ago, so you deserve to be able to vote now. However, for the sake of a quorum, we need to leave off the rolls those who are no longer interested or that we cannot reach.

Therefore, the Board has authorized a special membership rate. For $5, your membership will be renewed through December 2009, thus enabling you to vote in the election of the Board of Directors and Officers at the annual meeting that we expect to hold this December.

The LPF web site is ProgFree.org. Payment is via Check or via online payment. Online payment may be made via http://ProgFree.org/join.html Send checks to:

League for Programming Freedom
60 Thoreau Street #299
Concord MA 01742-2411
US

Please spread the word to old members as well as potential new members. New members may also join at the special membership rate.

Thank you!

Dean Anderson and the Board of Directors
League for Programming Freedom