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Licensing & Compliance Lab update

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on May 15, 2014 04:56 PM

It's that time of year again when we update everyone on the work that we've been doing at the FSF License and Compliance Lab.

Compliance investigations and backlog reduction

We've made great strides in reducing our backlog of reports, handling over two hundred reports of violations on GNU software. We resolved several open cases, helping to bring companies and individuals into compliance. We also opened many more cases, and currently have more than one hundred open investigations. With our backlog of reports almost entirely gone, we are better able to respond to new reports, as well as move open compliance cases through to completion.

Copyright assignment process updated

We were happy to announce a new way for U.S. contributors to make assignment on FSF-copyrighted packages: GPG signatures. Instead of having to send a form via the post, or track down a scanner, U.S. contributors can now sign their assignments using GPG. With growing concerns over privacy and security, encouraging the use of cryptographic tools is now more important than ever. Being able to sign assignments with GPG also makes the process much easier for contributors.

LibreWRT added as an endorsed distribution

In June we announced the latest addition to our list of fully free GNU/Linux Systems, LibreWRT. LibreWRT is for devices with limited capabilities, such as wireless routers, and is the first small system added to our endorsed distribution list.

Team explosion!

We've added several new volunteers to our licensing volunteer squad, as well as taking on two new interns for the fall internship program. With the expanded team we're hoping to tackle some larger projects in the coming months, including a licensing guidebook, updated FAQs, and better tools for helping people select a free license.

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