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Tell the USTR to reject ACTA
by Brett Smith published Feb 11, 2011
The ACTA drafting process is finished, and countries are beginning to turn an eye toward signing it. Help us stand against it!
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Blog Entry Pascal source code US Department of Justice Investigating Novell/CPTN Deal Further
by Brett Smith published Feb 04, 2011 last modified Feb 04, 2011 10:55 AM
A couple of weeks ago, we posted the OSI and FSF's joint position statement to the US Department of Justice about Novell's proposal to sell its patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Yesterday we learned that the DOJ has sent a "Second Letter" to both companies, asking them to provide more information about the deal.
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Event Churchill Club Panel Discussion on Software Patents
by Brett Smith published Jan 31, 2011 last modified Jan 31, 2011 02:50 PM — filed under:
FSF operations mananger John Sullivan and license compliance engineer Brett Smith will be on a Churchill Club panel discussion to argue against software patents.
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The Free Software Compliance Lab Needs Your Help
by Brett Smith published Jan 27, 2011 last modified Jan 28, 2011 02:52 PM
Brett Smith is the lead compliance engineer in the Free Software Foundation's GPL compliance lab. He helped coordinated the GPLv3 drafting process and has handled enforcement cases against Apple's App Store.
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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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News Item No double standards: supporting Google's push for WebM
by Brett Smith published Jan 18, 2011 last modified Apr 02, 2012 12:17 PM
We've signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project, and we encourage other foundations and organizations to join us—write to webmaster@webmproject.org to learn how. Today, we're also urging Web site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon H.264
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Blog Entry chemical/x-pdb VLC developer takes a stand against DRM enforcement in Apple's App Store
by Brett Smith published Oct 29, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:45 AM
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.
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News Item Octet Stream Hardware we all want: FSF announces criteria for hardware endorsement program
by Brett Smith published Oct 13, 2010 last modified Nov 09, 2010 09:50 AM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, October 14, 2010 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced today that it has published an initial set of criteria for endorsing computers and other devices. The FSF seeks both to obtain feedback on the criteria, and raise interest in the program among hardware manufacturers. Ultimately, the FSF plans to promote an endorsement mark to be carried on products that the FSF endorses.
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Blog Entry The FSF and Project Harmony
by Brett Smith published Sep 29, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:46 AM
Explaining the FSF's position on Project Harmony
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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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