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FSF submits comment in USTR Special 301 Review
by Brett Smith published Feb 17, 2010 last modified May 17, 2010 04:44 PM
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I want you to help answer licensing questions
by Brett Smith published Oct 11, 2006 last modified May 17, 2010 04:44 PM
The Compliance Lab could use a few good volunteers.
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Every situation is different
by Brett Smith published Oct 10, 2006 last modified May 17, 2010 04:44 PM
How does the Compliance Lab work? Well....
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Yes, DRM is inherently evil
by Brett Smith published Sep 29, 2006 last modified May 17, 2010 04:44 PM
People keep saying DRM isn't inherently evil. Why?
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It's not just TiVo locking down their hardware
by Brett Smith published Nov 10, 2006 last modified May 17, 2010 04:44 PM
More and more devices require that their firmware be signed.
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News Item OSI and FSF Send Joint Position to Department of Justice
by Brett Smith published Jan 20, 2011 last modified Jan 20, 2011 01:08 PM
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) have sent a joint position statement to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), urging it to scrutinize Novell's proposal to sell patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Both organizations believe that CPTN Holdings may use these patents to attack free, libre, and open source (FLOSS) software. The full text of the statement follows.
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FSF Advocates Free Software for U.S. IPEC Joint Strategic Plan
by Brett Smith published Apr 12, 2010 last modified Apr 12, 2010 03:24 PM
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Blog Entry Pascal source code FSF speaks against patent and DRM provisions at Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators' meeting
by Brett Smith published Sep 16, 2011
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement currently under negotiation that could require member countries to enact strict copyright and patent legislation that hurts free software users and developers. Our license compliance engineer Brett Smith talked about the FSF's opposition to these terms with negotiators last weekend; in this blog post, he shares his perspective on the event.
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Blog Entry Good news about the Novell/CPTN deal
by Brett Smith published Apr 22, 2011 last modified Apr 26, 2011 01:19 PM
Earlier this week the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced a joint decision regarding Novell's proposal to sell 882 patents to CPTN Holdings, newly formed by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and EMC. The authorities ultimately approved the sale, but with conditions that prevent the companies from using the patents to attack free software.
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News Item Over 450 letters sent to the USPTO proposing guidelines to end software patents
by Brett Smith published Sep 28, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:42 AM
Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing software patents. This is a tremendous response, and we're very grateful to you all for participating. Thank you very much!
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