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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Sep 07, 2004 04:53 PM
News Item RealAudio broadcast Coalition against Digital Restrictions Management ready to go for May 4th Day Against DRM by Matt Lee — last modified May 04, 2012 06:08 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, May 3, 2012 -- Defective by Design will hold its annual International Day Against DRM on Friday, May 4th, targeting the use of Digital Restrictions Management on ebooks. Several other organizations have joined to express their concern for the freedoms of authors and readers, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, O'Reilly Media, No Starch Press, the Accessible Computing Foundation, Libre Graphics Magazine, Fight for the Future, Angry Robot Books, APRIL, the Free Software Foundation and its sister organizations, FSF France, FSF India and FSF Europe.
News Item New Documentary Film "Patent Absurdity: how software patents broke the system" by peterb — last modified Apr 19, 2010 04:06 AM
New documentary film "Patent Absurdity" is set to expose how the judicial activism that led to the patenting of software has broken the US patent system's promise of promoting the progress of science and useful arts
News Item US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good by Free Software Foundation — last modified Jun 19, 2014 05:58 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, June 19, 2014 -- Today the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled a prominent software patent invalid in the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, saying that implementing an abstract idea on a computer does not make that idea patent-eligible.
News Item Free Form: Free Software News for September 29th 2010 by mollydb — last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:42 AM
Recently, in free software news, Richard Stallman protested representatives of the European Patent Office giving a presentation in Australia concerning software patents. Trisquel released their newest LTS version, codename: Taranis. The chief architect of Apple's compiler group answered a question about the upstream potential of their work on the GNU Compiler Collection.
News Item D source code FSF and Debian join forces to help free software users find the hardware they need by Free Software Foundation — last modified Oct 02, 2014 04:14 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Monday, September 8, 2014 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Debian Project today announced cooperation to expand and enhance h-node, a database to help users learn and share information about computers that work with free software operating systems.
News Item HTML International coalition of Internet freedom organizations urges W3C to reject Encrypted Media Extensions, a proposal to build Digital Restrictions Management into the Web by Zak Rogoff — last modified Jun 25, 2013 05:25 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 -- Today a coalition of twenty-seven organizations released a joint letter to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web's standards-setting body, condemning Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME is a proposal to incorporate support for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) -- the systems used by media and technology companies to restrict watching, sharing, recording, and transforming digital works -- into HTML, the core language of the Web.
News Item The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinator by John Sullivan — last modified May 21, 2013 10:56 AM
The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individual to be its full-time outreach and communication coordinator.
News Item Pascal source code FSF-certified to Respect Your Freedom: ThinkPenguin USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip by Joshua Gay — last modified May 01, 2013 09:29 AM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TPE-N150USB Wireless N USB Adapter, sold by ThinkPenguin. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The TPE-N150USB can be purchased from http://www.thinkpenguin.com/TPE-N150USB. Software certification focused primarily on the firmware for the Atheros AR9271 chip used on the adapter.
Tell the USTR to reject ACTA by brett — last modified Feb 11, 2011 10:29 AM
The ACTA drafting process is finished, and countries are beginning to turn an eye toward signing it. Help us stand against it!
News Item Activists trick-or-treat for free software at Windows 8 launch event by Zak Rogoff — last modified Oct 30, 2012 04:17 PM
New York, New York, USA -- Thursday, October 25th, 2012 -- Today visitors to the primary Windows 8 launch event were greeted by an unexpected and uninvited visitor -- a gnu. Activists, one dressed as the free software movement's buffalo-like mascot, converged on Microsoft's event to distribute pamphlets about the hidden dangers of Microsoft's latest proprietary creation. The Halloween-themed action included plastic pumpkin buckets full of DVDs loaded with Trisquel, a free software distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system.
News Item LulzBot AO-100 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom by Joshua Gay — last modified Jun 14, 2013 12:23 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded its first Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer sold by Aleph Objects, Inc. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The LulzBot model AO-100 3D printer can be purchased from www.lulzbot.com.
News Item Troff document Statement in support of Software Freedom Conservancy and Christoph Hellwig, GPL enforcement lawsuit by Joshua Gay — last modified Mar 05, 2015 01:57 PM
While the Free Software Foundation is not directly involved in the suit, we support the effort.
News Item text/x-sh FSF responds to Jobs's "Thoughts on Flash" by John Sullivan — last modified Apr 30, 2010 03:03 PM
Apple's use of proprietary software and recommendation of an explicitly patent-afflicted standard (H.264) are inconsistent with the free web.
News Item Chris Hofstader appointed as GNU access technology director by peterb — last modified May 17, 2010 12:55 PM
GNU Project appoints director of access technology software and publishes GNU Accessibility Statement
News Item Troff document Wikipedia received the FSF award for projects of social benefit by Matt Lee — last modified Feb 07, 2012 04:08 PM
The award was given at the FSF's annual members meeting in Boston, MA
News Item FSF seeks full-time senior GNU/Linux systems administrator by Joshua Gay — last modified Aug 01, 2011 04:23 PM
The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded GNU/Linux systems administrator who enjoys learning and problem-solving. (S)he will be familiar with the free software community and how it works, and will be more interested in making a substantial contribution to software freedom and having employment consistent with ethical ideals than obtaining the highest salary.
News Item Bilski and Patent Absurdity by peterb — last modified Jul 29, 2013 02:52 PM
Who should see the documentary film Patent Absurdity?
GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store by brett — last modified May 27, 2010 07:12 AM
An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently being distributed through Apple's App Store. However, this distribution is not in compliance with the GNU GPL. The primary problem is that Apple imposes numerous legal restrictions on use and distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is forbidden by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have written to Apple and asked them to come into compliance. We would be happy to see Apple distribute these programs under the GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems much more likely that they'll simply make the problem go away by removing GNU Go from the App Store.
News Item FSF responds to Oracle v. Google and the threat of software patents by brett — last modified Sep 08, 2010 12:15 PM
As you likely heard on any number of news sites, Oracle has filed suit against Google, claiming that Android infringes some of its Java-related copyrights and patents. Too little information is available about the copyright infringement claim to say much about it yet; we expect we'll learn more as the case proceeds. But nobody deserves to be the victim of software patent aggression, and Oracle is wrong to use its patents to attack Android.
News Item Call for nominations for the 13th annual Free Software Awards by peterb — last modified Feb 02, 2011 02:01 PM
BOSTON, February 2, 2011--The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 13th annual Free Software Awards.
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