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Portuguese National Association for Free Software becomes associate of the Free Software Foundation Europe

The FSF Europe gladly announces that the Portuguese "Associação Nacional para o Software Livre" (ANSOL) is now an associate organisation of the Free Software Foundation Europe.

ANSOL has joined the FSF Europe to actively support its activities and work for free software in Europe and to facilitate cooperation with organisations in other Portuguese-speaking countries.

The first important task ANSOL is currently working on is the study of the implications for free software of the European Union Copyright Directive and other European and national legislation.

"This collaboration is a very important step for the Portuguese and European free software community. Problems faced by the free software community in Portugal are similar to those faced in other European countries; by joining forces with FSFE we can solve this problems more efficiently" said Jaime Villate, founding member of ANSOL.

"Creating an associated organisation is usually the first important step to bring the FSF Europe to another country," says Georg Greve, President of Free Software Foundation Europe. "We are glad that people in Portugal wish to become part of our vision for a Europe united in Free Software."

About ANSOL:

ANSOL is a recently born non-profit association with the primary goal of promoting Free Software in Portugal.

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About the Free Software Foundation Europe:

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable non-governmental organisation 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 organisation of the Free Software Foundation in the United States.

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