Electronic Frontier Norway (https://efn.no) is a a Norwegian digital rights NGO
We believe the right to change software in general has been and still is one of the major driving forces behind the value creation in today’s economy. On a daily basis we see this mechanism at work both in commercial telecommunications settings, in amateur radio, in academia and many other fields. The fact that radio communications protocols are now amenable to being treated as software is a good thing, and a thing to be cherished and embraced in all areas. We believe it is wrong and counterproductive to stifle this engine of innovation and unfortunately we see the current proposal as a step in that negative direction.
Inspired by fsfe.org’s suggestions, we ask the EU parliament to make general exceptions for all Free Software not developed by the manufacturers of the respective radio equipment themselves but from other companies or individuals. We also ask the parliament to not shift the responsibility for the software's regulatory compliance from the users to the manufacturers when making changes to the default configuration. Software and hardware should not be treated differently in that respect.
We ask EU member states (and implicitly in the EEA area) to interpret the directive's provisions so that Free Software can still be installed on radio devices without discrimination, and users' rights are safeguarded. We ask that third party software providers, such as Free Software projects, shall not be disadvantaged by being forced to assess a very large number of software alternatives. We would also want the parliament to make sure that users are not forced to install non-free software.
On behalf of EFN
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