League for Programming Freedom

League for Programming Freedom (LPF) was founded in 1989 by Richard Stallman to unite free software developers as well as developers of proprietary software to fight against software patents and the extension of the scope of copyright. Their logo is the Statue of Liberty holding a floppy disk and tape spool.

The single event that had the most influence on the creation of the League was Apple's lawsuits against Microsoft about supposed copyrights violations of the look and feel of the Macintosh as copied in Microsoft Windows. After the lawsuit ended, the League went dormant, to be resurrected when software patents enforcement and threats became increasingly troublesome.

External links

* [http://progfree.org/ Official website]
* [http://progfree.org/History/history.html LPF history page]


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