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News Item Android GPLv2 termination worries: one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3
by Brett Smith published Aug 18, 2011 last modified Aug 18, 2011 06:48 PM
Distributors lose their rights when they violate GPLv2, but the Free Software Foundation is more forgiving in its license enforcement to encourage continued participation in the free software community. GPLv3 has improved termination provisions to codify this approach, giving developers one more reason to upgrade.
Located in FSF News
People who have signed our petition to This American Life
by Brett Smith published Aug 30, 2011 last modified Sep 02, 2011 06:16 PM
Located in Campaigns / TAL-Patents
TAL-Patents
by Brett Smith last modified Aug 19, 2011 05:46 PM
Petition This American Life to publish their show in Ogg Vorbis format.
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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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Blog Entry FSF Opposes More Copyright Enforcement in Joint Strategic Plan
by Brett Smith published Mar 24, 2010 last modified Apr 12, 2010 03:15 PM
The United States' newly-created "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator" asked for public comments on a Joint Strategic Plan to make copyright enforcement more effective. The FSF submitted an argument that the government should adopt free software and encourage its use elsewhere to provide more freedom to computer users and reduce the need for such enforcement. The full text of the comment appears below.
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Blog Entry Amazon's Kindle source code: Much ado about nothing
by Brett Smith published Nov 30, 2011 last modified Dec 02, 2011 04:58 PM
This week there's been a lot of fuss about Amazon releasing source code for software on its Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire. A lot of the hype we've seen is simply unwarranted; while you can download the source code that Amazon was legally required to publish, most of the software on the device remains proprietary, and every Kindle is still Defective by Design.
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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
GPLv3: A grandfather clause, but not for Novell
by Brett Smith published Mar 28, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
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GPLv3 FAQ now available
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
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GPLv3 and Software as a Service
by Brett Smith published Mar 29, 2007 last modified Mar 12, 2010 10:06 AM
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