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[Advocate Play Ogg] Join the petition asking for This American Life in O

From: Free Software Foundation
Subject: [Advocate Play Ogg] Join the petition asking for This American Life in Ogg Vorbis, and help us reach 5, 000 signatures
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:51:51 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

Ogg supporters have sent great emails to This American Life thanking
them for their show detailing the problems with software patents and
asking them to be part of the solution by using Ogg Vorbis instead of
patent-encumbered MP3.[1]  Here's one letter, from Matt Kraai:

> Thank you for creating "When Patents Attack!" As one of the 80% of
> software developers who believe that software patents are harmful
> both to the software industry and to society as a whole, I was happy
> to see you bringing awareness of this issue to a larger audience.
> As you're probably aware by now, the MP3 audio file format that you
> use to distribute your episodes online is also covered by some
> software patents. Would you please consider also distributing the
> episodes using the Ogg Vorbis format? It produces files of
> comparable size and quality and is not covered by any software
> patents.
> Thanks again for such a great episode,
> --  
> Matt Kraai

We'd like to thank those of you who have written in to the show so
far; you all have made countless great points to help illustrate how
the MP3 file format has suffered from the same kinds of problems
they discussed in last month's episode.

Sadly, we haven't seen or heard about any response from This American
Life, even after we made an Ogg version of the show ourselves and
offered it to them.[2]  We've successfully convinced other public
broadcasters like WBUR to use Ogg Vorbis after making that first
contact,[3] and we think we can repeat that success here if we can
just get a real conversation started.  To help with that, we've
started a petition to show them just how many people would like to see
This American Life available as Ogg Vorbis.

Make your voice heard by signing the petition today, at
<>.  We're
working to get 5,000 signatures by September 7, when we'll deliver the
first batch, so sign now and make sure you're part of it.  It's really
easy -- we're only asking your name, email address, and a couple of
questions about how much you love This American Life and local
public radio.  After that, you'll get a verification email; click the
link in it, and you're done!

Once you've signed, there are other ways you can help:

* Spread the word about this petition by sharing it with your friends
  and colleagues -- the more signatures we get, the better.

* If you haven't already, you can still send a personal note to This
  American Life asking them to use Ogg Vorbis.  You can write them
  email at <address@hidden> (don't forget to send us a copy at
  <address@hidden>), or send a message on Twitter to @ThisAmerLife.
  Remember that you don't need to use the Twitter website (with its
  proprietary JavaScript) directly when you do this; instead, you can
  connect your Twitter account to your account and send it
  that way, or use a local free software client like Gwibber or

Thanks again for your support!  


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