|| ||John McCreesh <jpmcc-AT-openoffice.org>|
|| ||[ooo-announce] PR: Get Legal - Get OpenOffice.org|
|| ||Tue, 02 May 2006 23:01:05 +0100|
Press release - for release Midnight GMT May 2 2006.
One week after "World Intellectual Property Day", the OpenOffice.org
Marketing Project announces a new campaign: "Get legal - Get
OpenOffice.org". A new website - http://why.openoffice.org - explains
how to escape from Microsoft Office licence costs and compliance
worries - for good. Webmasters and bloggers worldwide are encouraged to
display the campaign banner to help promote the campaign.
2006 has seen proprietary software companies and their agencies
increase their efforts to stamp out illegal copies of their software.
Last week, the Business Software Alliance used "World Intellectual
Property Day" to announce a record reward for anyone informing against
illegal software in UK organisations. Microsoft acquired a company
specialising in detecting software installed on PCs. Microsoft also
announced its intention to extend its use of the internet to put piracy
detection software into copies of MS-Office on people's PCs.
For many users, this is a worrying development. Microsoft licences are
often complex, and it is easy to become non-compliant, especially as
the number of PCs in an organisation increases. Illegal copying has
proliferated in many developing countries, where foreign currency is
scarce and proprietary licence fees are simply unaffordable.
OpenOffice.org 2 offers a simple way out of the licence trap.
OpenOffice.org 2 is a free alternative to Microsoft Office products
such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint.
OpenOffice.org 2 is released under an open-source licence: anyone may
use the software for any purpose (including commercial). Users are
encouraged to pass on copies to friends, family, students, employees,
citizens - anyone.
OpenOffice.org 2 uses files created by Microsoft Office equivalents.
Users need little or no retraining. Studies have shown that the costs
of migrating to OpenOffice.org 2 are minimal - a tenth of the cost of
migrating to the new Microsoft Office 2007.
No wonder a poll has shown 86% of users would prefer to try
OpenOffice.org 2 rather than buy Microsoft Office 2007.
Get freedom from licence worries - Get Legal - Get OpenOffice.org.
About the OpenOffice.org Community
The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and
sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading
open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org 2. OpenOffice.org
2 is released under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL).
The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a
number of companies, including Sun Microsystems (founding sponsor and
primary contributor), Novell, Red Hat, Intel, and Google.
The campaign website http://why.openoffice.org contains links to the
studies referenced in this press release. The OpenOffice.org Community
can be found at http://www.openoffice.org. OpenOffice.org 2 may be
downloaded free of charge from http://download.openoffice.org. Further
information about the suite may be found at
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