The FFII is a global network of associations dedicated to consumer rights and education about digital media, genuine open standards and patent systems with lesser barriers to competition. The FFII continues to protect consumers and defends your right to freedom of information and a free and competitive software market by developing educational materials, running campaigns and organizing events. For updates please follow us on the FFII Blog and on Twitter @FFII. The FFII Head Office is located in Berlin, Germany.
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The FFII is funded through individual membership fees as well as through donations from individuals, market players and civil society organizations. Please consider becoming a contributing member or donate. Your contributions help us to make a difference and allow us to continue our work. If you want to get involved in the work of the FFII, please subscribe to our mailing lists. Details for donating to the FFII are here.
WIPO Working Group
FFII is a registered observer organisation at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). The FFII WIPO group participates in activities of stakeholders and in the WIPO Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues and on the thirteenth session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents. Reports are available to FFII members. More info from the work group.
ACTA Working Group
Behind closed doors the EU, US and Japan negotiated an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). No official drafts were published. The FFII followed closely the negotiations. ACTA contained a new international benchmark for legal frameworks on the enforcement of copyrights, trade mark rights, patents and others. The FFII outlined shortcomings and democratic deficit, presented an analysis and put together a draft recommendation to conclude ACTA under the Lisbon regime. The FFII issued several press releases which have been broadly covered by the media. Already in July 2009 the Centre for Intellectual property Law of Utrecht University organized a lecture by Prof. Charles McManis about ACTA. FFII’s Ante Wessels participated adding remarks about the problems of the proposed agreement.
World Day Against Software Patents
24th September is the annual World Day Against Software Patents to commemorate the struggle against the European Union Software Patent Directive. As every year our teams raise awareness about the impact of patents on the future of software development, even joined by activities in India. More info.
With all the activities of the FFII e.V. the participation and support of volunteers is of utmost importance. Please join us and subscribe to our mailing list to receive our calls for volunteers.
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