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From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: [gNewSense-users] IRPF-Livre 2009: The struggle against “Softwares Impostos” goes on
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 05:14:21 -0300
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: [en] IRPF-Livre 2009: The struggle against “Sof twares Impostos” goes on Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 04:55:12 -0300 User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.3 (gnu/linux)
The deadline to turn in income tax returns to Receita Federal do
Brasil is approaching.  RFB wants you to prepare yours using a trojan
horse it created and controls.  FSFLA, once again, offers a solution:
IRPF-Livre 2009. (in Portuguese)

RFB's failure to abide by the Brazilian Federal Constitution remains:
it is incompliant with the constitutional principle of publicity, even
after a demand backed by the transparency law, for denying citizens
the possibility of verifying, through inspection of source code, that
the programs it offers work in accordance with the tax law in force. (in 

Even after legal procedures, it still imposes on taxpayers
inconstitutional demands, of using a specific program to present
information required by law, instead of setting a Free Open Standard
for the forms, enabling multiple compatible implementations, among
which RFB's own, which should in turn be Free Software.

Once again, to protect citizens' rights to freedom, to safety and to
privacy, it was necessary to resort to reverse engineering, to find
out undocumented changes to file formats in the specification
published by RFB, so as to update the program IRPF-Livre, that we
first published in 2007. (in Portuguese)

Take advantage of the upcoming holiday to set yourself free, not only
from the obligation of turning in your tax return, but also in a
broader sense!  Prepare your declaration using exclusively Free
Software: IRPF-Livre 2009, Free Java virtual machines such as GNU
Interpreter for Java and IcedTea, the GNU operating system, and a Free
kernel, such as Linux-libre.  And then, after you're done with
IRPF-Livre, keep on using the others: Be Free! (in Portuguese)

== About IRPF-Livre

It's a software development project to prepare Natural Person's Income
Tax returns in the standards defined by the Brazilian Receita Federal,
but without the technical and legal insecurity imposed by it.

IRPF-Livre is Free Software, that is, software that respects users'
freedom to run it for any purpose, to study its source code and adapt
it to their needs, and to distribute copies, modified or not.

The program can be obtained, both in source and Java object code forms
at the following location: (in Portuguese)

== About FSFLA's Campaign against Softwares Impostos

We understand the Brazilian law, particularly the Federal
Constitution, grant preference to Free Software in the public
administration, both internally, for compliance with constitutional
principles, and in interactions with citizens, for respect for their
fundamental constitutional rights and for compliance with the same and
other constitutional principles.

This campaign, started in October, 2006, seeks to educate public
administration managers about these obligations that are beneficial
both to citizens and to the public administration itself, such that
they pay attention not only to compliance with the law, but also to
respect for citizens and for digital freedom. (in Portuguese)

== About FSFLA's “Be Free!” Initiative

It's a project to renew the original goals of the Free Software
Movement: not just promote Free Software itself, but rather Software
Freedom, achieved by a user only when all the software s/he uses is
Free Software.

To make this goal achievable, besides awareness campaigns and speeches
and the activities against “Softwares Impostos”, FSFLA has maintained
Linux-Libre, a project to set and keep Free the non-Free kernel Linux,
most used along with the Free operating system GNU.

== About Free Software Foundation Latin America

FSFLA joined in 2005 the FSF network, previously formed by Free
Software Foundations in the United States, in Europe and in India.
These sister organizations work in their corresponding geographies
towards promoting the same Free Software ideals and defending the same
freedoms for software users and developers, working locally but
cooperating globally.  For more information about FSFLA and to
contribute to our work, visit our web site at or
write to address@hidden

== Press contacts

Alexandre Oliva
Board member, FSFLA
+55 19 9714-3658 / 3243-5233
+55 61 4063-9714

Copyright 2009 FSFLA

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Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
Be Free! --   FSF Latin America board member
Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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