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Free Software Supporter - Issue 91, November 2015

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Oct 28, 2015 12:40 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 98,918 other activists.

Register now for LibrePlanet 2016: "Fork the System" -- March 19-20 in Boston, MA

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Environmental Protection Agency is yet another DRM drone
  • FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement
  • What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016
  • The party is over... but the fight for freedom is ready for another thirty years
  • Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 declared one-way compatible with GNU GPL version 3
  • Ada Lovelace Day: Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Outreachy
  • CiviCRM: a key part of the free software movement
  • GNU ethical criteria for code repositories emphasize privacy, freedom, and copyleft
  • Videos and photos from the FSF30 celebrations now available
  • Library of Congress issues limited exemptions to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions but leaves users without full control over their own computing
  • Revisiting the Sony rootkit 10 years fighting DRM
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Michael Lissner and Brian Carver of RECAP The Law
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • Linaro Connect, Volkswagen, and developer ethics
  • Edward Snowden interview: Smartphones can be taken over
  • One year yater, hundreds of Tor Challenge relays still active
  • FSFE convinces 1,125 public administrations to remove proprietary software advertisements
  • Michael Dexter wins the first annual Cascadia Community Builder Award
  • Christoph Hellwig continues VMware GPL enforcement suit in Germany
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Fundraising
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!
  • GNU copyright contributions

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Environmental Protection Agency is yet another DRM drone

From September 29th by Donald Robertson

We have written previously about the organizations and individuals who opposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions. These drones oppose the rights of users to backup, modify, and study the software and devices that we own.

FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement

From October 1st

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced publication of "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement," co-authored with the Software Freedom Conservancy and Open Source Initiative. The document lays out the principles that both organizations follow when they receive reports that a company is violating copyleft terms like the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).

What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016

From October 2nd, 2015 by Zak Ragoff

LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area. The call for proposals is open now, extended to November 23rd. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October. You've got until Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 10:00 in the morning EST (15:00 UTC) to submit your proposals.

The party is over... but the fight for freedom is ready for another thirty years

From October 9th by Georgia Young

On Saturday October 3rd, we celebrated the Free Software Foundation's thirtieth birthday with a party to remember.

Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 declared one-way compatible with GNU GPL version 3

From October 9th by Joshua Gay

On Thursday, October 8, Creative Commons (CC) announced the addition of the GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPLv3) to the list of licenses compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Compatibility means that a person can now take a work they received under the terms of CC BY-SA 4.0 and then distribute adaptations of that work under the terms of GPLv3. However, this compatibility is one-way only, meaning you can not release adaptations of GPLv3-covered works under the terms of CC BY-SA 4.0.

Ada Lovelace Day: Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Outreachy

From October 13th by Georgia Young

Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was a 19th-century English mathematician who many consider the first programmer, because she published the most complete and in-depth description of the Analytical Engine, an early computer conceived of by Charles Babbage. At the time, Babbage was only able to build parts of the Analytical Engine, though the Science Museum of London completed construction of Babbage's later design, the Difference Engine No. 2, in 1991 for the 200th anniversary of Babbage's birth. This year, to honor Ada Lovelace's legacy, we want to tell you more about Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Outreachy.

CiviCRM: a key part of the free software movement

From October 14th by Zak Rogoff

At the CiviCRM User Summit on the weekend of September 24th, I got to meet the faces behind the software that powers the Free Software Foundation's communication. CiviCRM is the leading free software CRM (constituent relationship management) software, and it's central to our work at the FSF: it sends every email we write and receives every petition signature and every donation you send us.

GNU ethical criteria for code repositories emphasize privacy, freedom, and copyleft

From October 16th

The Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project announced the first version of criteria for evaluating services that host free software source code repositories for distribution and collaborative development. Developed with the leadership of Richard Stallman and GNU volunteers, the criteria provide a framework for code repositories to ensure that they respect their users in a manner consonant with the values of the free software movement, and for users to hold these crucial institutions accountable.

Videos and photos from the FSF30 celebrations now available

From October 22nd by Georgia Young

As we wind down from the Free Software Foundation's 30th anniversary celebrations, I wanted to share some photos and video from the FSF's party and satellite celebrations from around the world.

Library of Congress issues limited exemptions to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions but leaves users without full control over their own computing

From October 27th

On October 27th, 2015, the Library of Congress published its list of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), denying many of the proposed exemptions and modifying or limiting others. Because of this, users of a wide variety of software and devices, such as ebook readers and video game consoles, still do not have the right to control their own computing. Even for the areas where the exemptions permit users some additional control, they do not permit sharing of methods for obtaining it, and last only three years.

Revisiting the Sony rootkit 10 years fighting DRM

From October 30th by Zak Rogoff

A security researcher named Mark Russinovich published a description of surveillance malware (in this case a technically sophisticated rootkit) that was secretly installed on users' computers by the DRM on Sony music CDs.

From October 8th by FSFE

The Free Software Foundation Europe wrote about the anniversary in depth, providing specific policy proposals for the European Commission.

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Michael Lissner and Brian Carver of RECAP The Law

From October 30th by Donald Robertson

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Michael Lissner and Brian Carver of RECAP The Law.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From October 30th

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.

To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.gnu.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.

The next meeting is Friday, November 6th from 12pm to 3pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of this month's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

Linaro Connect, Volkswagen, and developer ethics

From September 30th by Karen Sandler

In the recent case of Volkswagen, we need companies to understand that complying with the GPL isn't just good community participation or a safeguard from lawsuits -- it is fundamental to their longterm success in a myriad of ways.

Edward Snowden interview: "Smartphones can be taken over"

From October 5th by Peter Taylor

Smartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

The former intelligence contractor told the BBC's Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners' knowledge.

One year later, hundreds of Tor Challenge relays still active

From October 12th by Annelyse Gelman

As of this month, 567 relays from our 2014 Tor Challenge are still up and running -- more than were established during the entire inaugural Tor Challenge back in 2011. To put that number in perspective, these nodes represent more than 8.5% of the roughly 6,500 public relays currently active on the entire Tor network, a system that supports more than 2 million directly connecting clients worldwide.

FSFE convinces 1,125 public administrations to remove proprietary software advertisements

From October 13th by FSFE

After six years of a public campaign targeting public authorities to stop advertising proprietary software to read PDFs is coming to a successfull end! Read on about what actions we took to succeed in removing advertising for proprietary software.

Winner of the first annual Cascadia Community Builder Award

From October 26th by SeaGL

The Cascadia Community Builder Award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement in the Cascadia region. The 2015 inaugural winner is...

Christoph Hellwig continues VMware GPL enforcement suit in Germany

From October 28th by Software Freedom Conservancy

The lawsuit continues to progress. Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to provide updated information regarding the ongoing GPL enforcement lawsuit for Linux. Find out the tactics that VMware is taking and our recourse.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Fundraising

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help or could be helpful to the community.

For this month, we are highlighting a page dedicated to sharing tips about fundraising. The FSF is coming up on our annual fundraiser, but it is also important to explore other ways to fund local free software advocacy or free software projects. You are invited to share ideas, spread and improve this important resource.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at campaigns@fsf.org.

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty new GNU releases!

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the url https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome Carl Hansen as a new co-maintainer for GNU SRC and Nazim Djafar as the new maintainer for GNU jwhois.

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to us, maintainers@gnu.org, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events this month:

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, but we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  • Allison Randal
  • Aaron Grothe
  • Stephen Eichblatt
  • Puduvankunnil Udayakumar
  • Marcus Pemer
  • Julie and Gerald Sussman

You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.

GNU copyright contributions

Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:

  • Jostein Kjoenigsen (Emacs)
  • Ciprian Pungila (BINUTILS) (GDB) (GCC)
  • Jens Lechtenboerger (Emacs)
  • Mikhail Gusarov (Emacs)
  • Jennifer Yao (libstdc++)

Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#dev

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://my.fsf.org/join. If you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email signature like:

I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom! https://my.fsf.org/join

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA, and more.

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