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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: 18 Jan 2012: SOPA and PIPA Protest Banner
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:08:21 GMT
Of course. The travail of being new here: I kept waiting. Silly me:
open source is about doing it yourself, in community, not about
watching others do it for you. That's TV.

On 18 January 2012 17:53, Danese Cooper <> wrote:
> While it might have been appropriate for ASF projects such as AOO to
> join today's SOPA/PIPA protest, I agree that it's too late to
> coordinate now. The Wikipedia community has been working towards their
> protest action for more than a week, including a town hall meeting and
> other consensus-verification processes.  Even so, there is today an
> interview with a community member who doesn't like the action they've
> taken.  In short, I just don't think we have time to socialize such an
> action on the part of even the AOO project before the protest would be
> "over".
> D
> On Jan 18, 2012, at 8:05 AM, 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.

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