FSF campaigns manager Libby Reinish and FSF board member Bradley Kuhn to speak at Fossetcon (Orlando, FL)
Sep 13, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
FSF board member Bradley Kuhn and FSF campaigns manager Libby Reinish will be speaking at Fossetcon this weekend.
Bradley Kuhn will be delivering the keynote speech, "Considering the Future of Copyleft: How Will the Next Generation Perceive GPL?":
Copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL and LGPL, are widely used throughout the Free Software community. However, recent for-profit corporate interest in Free Software development has led to a renewed preference toward non-copyleft licensing by for-profit entities. Meanwhile, many for-profit entities that do use copyleft for their own software now do so in a manner that most copyleft aficionados find, at best, distasteful and at worst, abusive.
A long-standing truce exists in our community between fans of non-copyleft licensing and copyleft. No one in the copyleft communities disputes that non-copylefted Free Software is an important part of our community. However, copyleft faces new challenges that make past debates about the appropriateness of copyleft seem quite minor by comparison.
This talk will discuss all aspects of the complicated situation facing copyleft, including younger developers apparent preference for non-copyleft licensing (as expressed, in part, in the "post-open source" debates (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Open_Source ), the widespread and common failures for companies to comply with GPL's relatively easy requirements, and how licensing choices are today, unlike in the past, rarely in the hands of individual developers, but instead their corporate employers.
and Libby Reinish will be giving her speech "The Respect Your Freedom Certification":
If you want to know how your food was grown, you might look for the "organic" label. Is your new refrigerator energy efficient? Look for the Energy Star label. Certifications like these tell you what you can expect when they choose a product. Now, if you want to know if you can trust your computer or device, you can look for the FSF's Respects Your Freedom label.
When you own a computer or device, you want to have full control over it, to know that you are not being spied on or tracked, and to run any software you wish. Unfortunately, hardware manufacturers have until now relied on close cooperation with proprietary software companies that demand hardware restrictions that keep users locked in. With devices as mundane as coffee-makers now shipping with DRM, we need to do more to promote and develop hardware that respects users' freedoms.
What makes a device qualify for Respects Your Freedom certification?
What products have been certified so far?
What are some of the advantages of the Respects Your Freedom certification, and how can we make it a must-have for hardware manufacturers?
We will discuss these questions and seek input on the FSF approach so far.
The evening before the conference, Libby will be hosting a meetup for FSF supporters in the area.
We hope you will be able to attend!
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