For vendors: About the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) program

Benefits of certification

A product bearing the Respects Your Freedom certification mark tells customers that your product respects their freedom: the user can change the device as much as you can, and they can do it with free software, and they'll be able to do all this without fear of running afoul of your patents or similar legal threats. Backed by the FSF's rock-solid commitment to software freedom and users' rights, our promotion of your certified product tells the world that this is a product they can trust completely to work for them.

The exact methods we use to advertise certified products are negotiated on a case-by-case basis, depending on your own marketing needs, what's appropriate for the specific product, and other factors. The following arrangements can all be discussed:    

  • The RYF Certification mark can be displayed on your product's packaging, marketing, and other materials.
  • The FSF name and the Respects Your Freedom certification program can be mentioned in your press releases and advertising, including quotes from FSF executives.   
  • Press releases about your certified products will be published through the FSF's own channels.        

How to apply  

Companies interested in receiving Respects Your Freedom certification should review our general guidelines for certification. While applicants are required to provide sample devices, there is no fee for applying or receiving certification. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact