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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: 18 Jan 2012: SOPA and PIPA Protest Banner
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:15:35 GMT

I must say that I do not support these awful proposed laws. I've signed petitions to that
effect as an individual.

While I support the idea of indicating our support. I think that it is a little late. If this
proposal had come in a couple of days ago ...


On Jan 18, 2012, at 8:33 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:

> The ASF will not say no. Individual projects can do what they want as
> long as it does not damage the foundation or the community.
> However, it is the decision of individual projects, so if you want all
> projects to do this then you have alot of mailing lists to work
> through.
> Ross
> On 18 January 2012 16:05, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:
>> All,
>> Proposal:
>> 1. Let's vote on supporting those who have protested the proposed US
>> bills supposed to combat piracy but actually doing a lot more than
>> that and none of it good. These two proposals: SOPA and PIPA.
>> Wikipedia has a fair account:
>> 2. I would propose we post on the Apache OpenOffice podling site this
>> language, for remainder of the day, to be taken down at the onset of
>> 19 January 2012 GMT.
>> ** The Apache OpenOffice Podling members support those who have
>> darkened their Web sites as a unified gesture to protect the freedoms
>> of the Internet and stop misguided legislation that would threaten
>> them. **
>> I would propose further that we have the text white on a black banner
>> at the top of every podling page.
>> Please vote as soon as you can, as obviously time is of the essence.
>> thanks
>> louis
>> PS I'm cc'ing the ASF marketing and publicity list. Quite possible
>> that Apache will say no, if so, that's fine. Better we act as a body
>> together. But I would also suggest that ASF take the lead here and
>> issue a statement, if they have not done so already.
> -- 
> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
> Programme Leader (Open Development)
> OpenDirective

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