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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.
Located in FSF News
GPLv3 and Software as a Service
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified May 17, 2010 04:51 PM
The blogosphere has started buzzing with the suggestion that GPLv3 isn't going to address the so-called "ASP loophole," where users interact with software over a network but never see source.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
GPLv3 and Software as a Service
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
Located in Licensing
GPLv3 FAQ now available
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified May 17, 2010 04:43 PM
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GPLv3 FAQ now available
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
Located in Licensing
GPLv3: A grandfather clause, but not for Novell
by Brett Smith published Mar 28, 2007 last modified May 17, 2010 04:43 PM
Located in Blogs / Licensing
GPLv3: A grandfather clause, but not for Novell
by Brett Smith published Mar 28, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
Located in 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
Hardware Endorsements
by Brett Smith published Apr 29, 2013
Information about the FSF's Hardware Endorsement Program.
Located in Resources / Hardware Database
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.
Located in FSF News

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