In an open letter published today, FSFE UK suggests to BT that they can distinguish themselves from existing music streaming services on the market by respecting the digital rights of their customers, especially the right to choose to use open source software. They say:
Currently these and other Free Software users are unable to enjoy many popular content delivery systems such as Spotify, Steam, and iTunes, because they are not compatible with Free Software, or require the waiving of users' rights and freedoms in order to use them. The nature of BT's new service, and the extent to which it respects the freedom of it's users, are therefore of particular concern.
BT already makes wide use of Free Software, and "recognises, and welcomes the use of open source software". Therefore we ask that you recognise the value of your customer's freedom as you design and deploy your new subscription service, and take the opportunity to benefit from one of the many Free Software technologies which will allow you to achieve this. The Free Software Foundation Europe is happy to assist you...
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