Recent blog posts
As part of an article for the forthcoming FSF bulletin, I gathered a large sample of the more recent copyright assignments for GNU contributors and broke them down by country. The sample shows sixty-six countries represented; and while the number of contributors from China and India are relatively small, the proportions are rapidly shifting.
Rémi Denis-Courmont is one of the primary developers of the VLC media player, which is free software and distributed under the GPL. Earlier this week, he wrote to Apple to complain that his work was being distributed through their App Store, under terms that contradict the GPL's conditions and prohibit users from sharing the program.
Explaining the FSF's position on Project Harmony
Google just updated the license for their WebM Project to make it GPL-compatible.
Since our announcement yesterday that we were pursuing a compliance case involving GNU Go in Apple's App Store, we've received a lot of questions about the details of the conflict between the GPL and Apple's terms of service. For those of you who are interested, we're providing those details here.
For the past few months, the Compliance Lab has been working with Creative Commons on a new project, and it's just been released. I'm happy to announce that Resource Description Framework (RDF) metadata now accompanies all of the GNU licenses.
Ryzom is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), where players work together to explore a fantasy world and set out on various quests. Today, the Ryzom team has released the game as free software: both the client and server programs have been released under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, while its models, textures, and other art are covered by CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Congratulations to the founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Georg Greve, who has been honored with the Cross of Merit on ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Today the FSF announced that one of our high-priority projects has been fulfilled: CiviCRM provides an excellent donor and contact management system for nonprofit organizations. As part of the preparation for this announcement, the Compliance Lab helped the project handle its licensing issues more consistently.
Recently we've seen some questions about whether Eclipse plug-ins can be released under the GPL. Answered briefly, this is possible if you can provide an additional permission with the license to allow combining your plug-in with the necessary EPL-covered libraries. The rest of this post examines why an additional permission is necessary, and has specific recommendations for interested developers.