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News Item FSF responds to Oracle v. Google and the threat of software patents
by Brett Smith published Sep 08, 2010
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.
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FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco
by Brett Smith published May 20, 2009 last modified May 20, 2009 01:06 PM
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Cisco Systems, Inc. are pleased to announce that they have reached a joint agreement.
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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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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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FSF submits comment in USTR Special 301 Review
by Brett Smith published Feb 17, 2010 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
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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).
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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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Blog Entry Google's updated WebM license
by Brett Smith published Jun 04, 2010 last modified Jun 04, 2010 03:26 PM
Google just updated the license for their WebM Project to make it GPL-compatible.
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GPL Compliance Lawsuits
by Brett Smith published Nov 29, 2007 last modified May 17, 2010 04:43 PM
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GPL Compliance Lawsuits
by Brett Smith published Nov 29, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
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