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Blog Entry Troff document Blood in the water: Reports from the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Stakeholder Forum
by Brett Smith published Mar 05, 2012
I'm in Melbourne to advocate for free software users and developers at the latest round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and I'm chomping at the bit to share a little good news with you all. The tone of the discussion here has turned much more friendly to us—and it's thanks to your activism.
Located in Blogs / Community
Blog Entry FSF Supports Proposed Exemptions to DMCA Anti-Circumvention Rules
by Brett Smith published Feb 10, 2012 last modified Feb 10, 2012 05:49 PM
The Free Software Foundation submitted comments to support exemptions to allow users to install free software on all kinds of devices, and view and play media encumbered with Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
Located in Blogs / Licensing
News Item Announcing JavaScript License Web Labels
by Brett Smith published Feb 09, 2012 last modified Feb 09, 2012 05:01 PM
If you browse the Web today, your browser will probably download and run nonfree JavaScript software on your behalf. You should be able to say no to that software—but to date, that hasn't been practical. JavaScript License Web Labels are our newest effort to make this easier.
Located in FSF News
Hardware Endorsements
by Brett Smith published Apr 29, 2013
Information about the FSF's Hardware Endorsement Program.
Located in Resources / Hardware Database
Blog Entry Apple's ebook sales restrictions: the newest reason to use free software
by Brett Smith published Jan 25, 2012 last modified Aug 15, 2017 12:03 PM
Last week, Apple announced ebook authoring software called iBooks Author. As you would expect from Apple, the software is completely proprietary—but the license includes some terms that are so restrictive, they shock even Apple's fans.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Blog Entry The Mozilla Public License version 2.0 is out—and GPL-compatible!
by Brett Smith published Jan 05, 2012
Earlier this week, the Mozilla Foundation published the Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0. This is a major update to their flagship license, which covers most of the Foundation's own free software projects, as well as others'.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Blog Entry Fixing rogue printers: don't trade one security threat for another
by Brett Smith published Dec 09, 2011
Printers that can be reprogrammed by malicious print jobs are a security risk. So are printers that only run code signed by the manufacturer. For real security, printers should be running free software controlled by its owners.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Blog Entry Amazon's Kindle source code: Much ado about nothing
by Brett Smith published Nov 30, 2011 last modified Dec 02, 2011 04:58 PM
This week there's been a lot of fuss about Amazon releasing source code for software on its Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire. A lot of the hype we've seen is simply unwarranted; while you can download the source code that Amazon was legally required to publish, most of the software on the device remains proprietary, and every Kindle is still Defective by Design.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Growing trends in free software licensing
by Brett Smith published Dec 13, 2011 last modified Oct 11, 2012 04:45 PM
Lately I've noticed an uptick in the number of pundits who claim that free software developers have begun to prefer using lax free software licenses that don't have copyleft (like the Apache License) over ones that do (like the GPL) for their projects. They back up this claim by pointing to surveys that show increased adoption of lax licenses in free software projects, or high-profile projects that have recently adopted such licenses. That evidence tells a different story, however, when you better understand its background.
Located in Bulletins / 2011 / Fall 2011 Bulletin
Recommending licenses for new free software projects
by Brett Smith published Oct 17, 2011 last modified Oct 18, 2011 03:31 PM
We recently published a new page on our site, entitled "How to choose a license for your own work." It's a comprehensive set of license recommendations for new projects. It explains what factors are important to consider when making licensing decisions, and suggests specific licenses for different scenarios.
Located in Bulletins / 2011 / Spring 2011 Bulletin

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