[Fsf-friends] [Fwd]: Sign this petition and support free/GNUsoftware

Nagarjuna G. nagarjun@gnowledge.org
Thu Jun 24 12:48:19 IST 2004

On Thu, 2004-06-24 at 10:46, Raj Mathur wrote:

> If an organisation is willing to do the indemnification I'd be glad to
> support them by (a) donating money and (b) helping locate a service
> provider who would host the server.

I am writing the following note to say that FSF India cannot be, to my understanding
that kind of organization. Please correct me if my understanding is wrong.

Indemnification cannot be given by FSF India (even if it had resources) it is not 
one of its stated objectives. FSF can give support by using
our lawyer friends to fight a case if necessary, but certainly cannot 
pay compensation to  the company or an individual for the loss or damage.  
AB and others who decided to stand behind us did not ask FSFI to indemnify.  
They did not put that condition for their support.  There are a number of others
who promised donations, some of them said: IF and only IF FSF will fight the case or 
agree to indemnify.  I fail to understand how this is proper to put conditions 
for supporting FSF.  The only condition is: We seek support to FSF if the 
objectives of FSF are in tune with your life.  This is a political battle, 
we cannot fight this by financial means alone.  Corporates talk of indemnification because
they have a rate (at least they think they have) for everything.  We are fighting
for software freedom that cannot be valued.

FSF India needs money to promote software freedom in our region.  Please donate! 
We promise that this money will not be used for indemnification of those who use, 
develop, promote, and stand by free software.  

In any case please help us locate the service provider who agrees with us politically, 
we can ask them to mirror hymn in the country. 


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