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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: 18 Jan 2012: SOPA and PIPA Protest Banner
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:33:38 GMT
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


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)

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