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News Item Encourage the USPTO to stop issuing software patents; deadline September 27
by Brett Smith published Sep 23, 2010 last modified Sep 24, 2010 12:32 PM
Following the Supreme Court's decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to release new guidance as to which patent applications will be accepted, and which will not. As part of this process, they are seeking input from the public about how that guidance should be structured.
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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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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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Blog Entry chemical/x-pdb More about the App Store GPL Enforcement
by Brett Smith published May 26, 2010 last modified May 26, 2010 10:24 PM
Since our announcement yesterday that we were pursuing a compliance case involving GNU Go in Apple's App Store, we've received a lot of questions about the details of the conflict between the GPL and Apple's terms of service. For those of you who are interested, we're providing those details here.
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GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store
by Brett Smith published May 25, 2010 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.
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Blog Entry Ryzom is free software! What can we do from here?
by Brett Smith published May 06, 2010 last modified May 06, 2010 08:27 AM
Ryzom is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), where players work together to explore a fantasy world and set out on various quests. Today, the Ryzom team has released the game as free software: both the client and server programs have been released under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, while its models, textures, and other art are covered by CC-BY-SA 3.0.
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Information about the H.264 patent license
by Brett Smith published Apr 30, 2010 last modified Jan 17, 2014 07:00 PM
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Blog Entry FSF Compliance Lab helps CiviCRM establish licensing best practices
by Brett Smith published Apr 14, 2010
Today the FSF announced that one of our high-priority projects has been fulfilled: CiviCRM provides an excellent donor and contact management system for nonprofit organizations. As part of the preparation for this announcement, the Compliance Lab helped the project handle its licensing issues more consistently.
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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 application/x-internet-signup Using the GPL for Eclipse Plug-Ins
by Brett Smith published Apr 06, 2010 last modified Apr 30, 2010 11:20 AM — filed under:
Recently we've seen some questions about whether Eclipse plug-ins can be released under the GPL. Answered briefly, this is possible if you can provide an additional permission with the license to allow combining your plug-in with the necessary EPL-covered libraries. The rest of this post examines why an additional permission is necessary, and has specific recommendations for interested developers.
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