Today is Document Freedom Day 2009
Why is that imnpoirtant? When a corporation owns the format in which your document lives, it is effectively gone from you the moment that corporation changes anything, goes broke, anything.
Also, if you have an open document, archival and retrieval processes are far easier and replicable. How many of you know how to deal with a 1995 Wordperfect document? What about a TXT file? Exactly.
As they indicate in their blogpost
The question of Document Freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice, competition, markets and the sovereignty of countries and their governments.
Freedom of speech is worthless if you can not open the speech file!