[ffii] Document Freedom Day 2011
uhlmann at ffii.org
Wed Mar 30 08:06:18 CEST 2011
press release - [Technology / Economy / Innovation]
Tagesschau.de awarded for the use of Open Standards
Berlin, 30. March 2011 - Today the ARD internet platform Tagesschau.de will
receive an award for the use of Open Standards at the "Document Freedom Day".
The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII) for offering the
broadcasted shows also in the free video format "Ogg Theora".
In Berlin FSFE and FFII will hand over a certificate and a cake with the "rOgg
On!" label on to Sven Bruns, technical manager at tagesschau.de. In Hamburg,
Sabine Klein, vice editorial director of tagesschau.de will accept a DFD cake
on behalf of the editorial team.
"In times of non-free video formats still dominating the internet,
tagesschau.de is an example for other broadcasting corporations how to
provide unrestricted access to their media.", says Matthias Kirschner,
Germany-Coordinator of FSFE.
In contrast to proprietary video formats Ogg Theora is a free video format
that every software producer is allowed to support without licensing
requirements. Therefore software users are not dependent on a single software
vender but can apply Ogg Theora on various devices.
Stephan Uhlmann, member of the FFII board: "It's convenient to support the
currently dominating format instead of using Open Standards. But this
domination brings along patents whose exclusive control disables alternative
software solutions and later innovations. In contrast to this users of Open
Standards have free choice of their software. But no matter whether Apple,
Microsoft or GNU/Linux: the videos of tagesschau.de will always be playable."
Ogg Theora is supported by all media players in common GNU/Linux
distributions. One can also play Ogg-files on Microsoft Windows or Apple's
Mac OS X by using the VLC player. Furthermore, many modern webbrowsers
directly support the format.
On tagesschau.de, all regular videos are available as Ogg Theora. At
tagesschau24, videos are directly embedded via the new webstandard HTML5. In
other parts of the website, it still needs to be manually set to "download
the file" and then the format "Medium (Ogg)" has to be clicked.
"We hope that all other multimedia contents – especially the media library and
live streams – will soon be available in a free format. Moreover we would be
glad about Ogg Theora or WebM videos in higher quality levels", indicates
Press pictures of the award ceremony will be available March 30. at 2pm.
Bilder von der Preisverleihung
FFII's Offene Standard definition and working group
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Matthias Kirschner <mk at fsfe.org>, Free Software Foundation Europe
Linienstraße 141, 10115 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-275 95 290
Mobile: +49-1577-178 000 3
Stephan Uhlmann <uhlmann at ffii.org>, FFII Office Berlin
Malmöer Str. 6, 10439 Berlin
About Document Freedom Day
The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global action day for free document
formats and Open Standards. It takes place every year on last Wednesday in
March since 2008. In recent years over 200 teams of volunteers in over 60
countries have shared the benefits of Open document formats and Open
About the Free Software Foundation Europe
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental
organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global
activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society.
To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is
dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use,
study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by
supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.
The FFII is a not-for-profit association registered in twenty European
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the public
benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More than 1000
members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have entrusted the FFII to
act as their voice in public policy questions concerning exclusion rights
(intellectual property) in data processing.
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