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Blog Entry Good news about the Novell/CPTN deal
by Brett Smith published Apr 22, 2011 last modified Apr 26, 2011 01:19 PM
Earlier this week the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced a joint decision regarding Novell's proposal to sell 882 patents to CPTN Holdings, newly formed by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and EMC. The authorities ultimately approved the sale, but with conditions that prevent the companies from using the patents to attack free software.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Blog Entry Happy Document Freedom Day!
by josh published Mar 30, 2011 last modified Mar 28, 2012 03:38 PM
Celebrate the 4th annual Document Freedom Day by promoting OpenDocument and helping others to begin using free software and free document formats.
Located in Blogs / Community
Blog Entry object code Steer clear of Android Market and its DRM
by Brett Smith published Mar 09, 2011 last modified Mar 09, 2011 06:08 PM
Google recently made headlines after they identified some malware being distributed through the Android Market. Not only did they stop distributing those apps, but they used their "remote kill switch" to remove the apps from phones where they were already downloaded. This is a kind of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) that all computer users should avoid.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Blog Entry Windows Phone 7 and Xbox ban GPL software
by Brett Smith published Feb 28, 2011
Recently word started getting around that the terms for getting apps on Windows Phone 7, and indie games on the Xbox, have changed. Now, programs submitted to Microsoft cannot have any code licensed under a copyleft license. Even if a single file is licensed under a weaker copyleft license like the LGPL, Microsoft will apparently reject it.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
Boycott warning to companies considering joining MPEG LA's patent pool
by Matt Lee published Feb 18, 2011 last modified Feb 28, 2011 11:58 AM
MPEG LA is asking companies to prepare to attack the freely licensed WebM format and its underlying VP8 video codec from Google.
Located in Campaigns / Boycott warning to companies considering joining MPEG LA's patent pool
Blog Entry Pascal source code US Department of Justice Investigating Novell/CPTN Deal Further
by Brett Smith published Feb 04, 2011 last modified Feb 04, 2011 10:55 AM
A couple of weeks ago, we posted the OSI and FSF's joint position statement to the US Department of Justice about Novell's proposal to sell its patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Yesterday we learned that the DOJ has sent a "Second Letter" to both companies, asking them to provide more information about the deal.
Located in Blogs / Licensing
The Free Software Compliance Lab Needs Your Help
by Brett Smith published Jan 27, 2011 last modified Jan 28, 2011 02:52 PM
Brett Smith is the lead compliance engineer in the Free Software Foundation's GPL compliance lab. He helped coordinated the GPLv3 drafting process and has handled enforcement cases against Apple's App Store.
Located in FSF Appeals / 2010
The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations
by Matt Lee published Jan 27, 2011
"The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman's work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the most important communities defining the contours of freedom that most people in our culture and increasingly around the world will know." — Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons.
Located in FSF Appeals / 2010
News Item OSI and FSF Send Joint Position to Department of Justice
by Brett Smith published Jan 20, 2011 last modified Jan 20, 2011 01:08 PM
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) have sent a joint position statement to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), urging it to scrutinize Novell's proposal to sell patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Both organizations believe that CPTN Holdings may use these patents to attack free, libre, and open source (FLOSS) software. The full text of the statement follows.
Located in FSF News
Lending: A solved problem
by John Sullivan published Dec 22, 2010 last modified Apr 09, 2012 02:07 PM
Lending and borrowing are not desirable activities. They are things we do when we have to, when there isn't enough of something to go around. Not to say that lending something like a book to a friend is without benefits beyond access to the material; it can create a shared experience that makes for good conversation, or provide an excuse to see each other.
Located in Bulletins / 2010 / Fall 2010 Bulletin

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