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News Item Encourage the USPTO to stop issuing software patents; deadline September 27
by Brett Smith published Sep 23, 2010 last modified Sep 24, 2010 12:32 PM
Following the Supreme Court's decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to release new guidance as to which patent applications will be accepted, and which will not. As part of this process, they are seeking input from the public about how that guidance should be structured.
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Blog Entry Helping out This American Life—with an Ogg copy of the show
by Brett Smith published Aug 01, 2011 last modified Aug 24, 2011 10:23 AM
Last week, we asked you all to write to This American Life to thank them for their episode about software patents, "When Patents Attack!", and ask them to make it available in Ogg Vorbis format. We thought it would also be helpful to offer them a copy of the show that's already been converted to Ogg Vorbis; with this, the only work they have to do is copy that file and post it on their own servers. Here's the text of the letter we sent them.
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Blog Entry Join the petition asking for This American Life in Ogg Vorbis and help us reach 1,000 signatures!
by Brett Smith published Aug 23, 2011 last modified Sep 07, 2011 12:24 PM
This American Life still hasn't responded to your many messages asking them to use Ogg Vorbis for their downloads and streams. Sign the petition and make your voice heard!
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News Item No double standards: supporting Google's push for WebM
by Brett Smith published Jan 18, 2011 last modified Apr 02, 2012 12:17 PM
We've signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project, and we encourage other foundations and organizations to join us—write to to learn how. Today, we're also urging Web site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon H.264
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Blog Entry Announcing our license recommendations guide
by Brett Smith published May 25, 2011 last modified May 25, 2011 03:17 PM
We've compiled a single resource that guides you through the process of choosing a license for new software, documentation, and other functional data.
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Blog Entry D source code Over 1,000 sign the petition asking This American Life to use Ogg Vorbis
by Brett Smith published Sep 27, 2011 last modified Sep 27, 2011 05:56 PM
We just delivered our petition to the show, asking them to be part of the software patent solution by using a free format.
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News Item FSF Advocates Free Software for U.S. IPEC Joint Strategic Plan
by Brett Smith published Mar 25, 2010 last modified Apr 12, 2010 03:26 PM
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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.
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News Item x-conference/x-cooltalk Statement on's move to Apache
by Brett Smith published Jun 10, 2011
When moves to a non-copyleft license, there's a ready replacement for people who want a productivity suite that does more to protect their freedom: LibreOffice.
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A Quick Guide to GPLv3
by Brett Smith published Nov 08, 2007 last modified Nov 08, 2007 04:13 PM
The FSF Compliance Lab has published a new article to help developers understand the benefits of GPLv3.
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