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Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit charity that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.

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Conservancy is Heading to LibrePlanet 2017

March 22, 2017

Software Freedom Conservancy will have a major presence at LibrePlanet 2017 on March 25-26 on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Free Software Foundation, LibrePlanet is an annual conference for software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges relating to software freedom. Conservancy staffers and members of Conservancy's Evaluation Committee will give talks on a variety of topics; and, Conservancy will host a booth in the LibrePlanet exhibit hall.

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Why GPL Compliance Tutorials Should Be Free as in Freedom

by Bradley M. Kuhn on April 25, 2017

I am honored to be a co-author and editor-in-chief of the most comprehensive and detailed guide on matters related to compliance of copyleft software licenses such as the GPL. This book, Copyleft and the GNU General Public License: A Comprehensive Tutorial and Guide (aka the Copyleft Guide). However, the most important fact about the Copyleft Guide is not its useful and engaging content. More importantly, the license of this book gives freedom to its readers in the same way the license of the copyleft software does for its users. Specifically, we chose the CC BY-SA for this work. We believe that not just software, but any generally useful technical information that teaches people, should be freely sharable and modifiable by the general public. Unfortunately, other entities in the compliance industrial complex do not agree with us. I call on those entities to cease their hypocrisy and freely license their educational materials on copyleft compliance.

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Cyborg Lawyer 2.0, "Hack Proof"

by Karen Sandler on April 6, 2017

It's been quite a number of years since I got my first defibrillator/pacemaker and, a little bit earlier than expected[1], the battery is now starting to run out. While the alarm hasn't started going off yet (it's set to go off every day a little after noon once the power gets below the 30 day replacement threshold), it's down to the point that this can happen at any moment. There's no way to recharge the battery, though device manufacturers are working on that for future models, so it's surgery to take out the old one and implant a new one. Of course, I've known this was coming for a while, but for various reasons I wasn't that worried about it. I mean, after all, I still don't have access to the source code in my current defibrillator. I was expecting status quo, with the inconvenience of surgery and recovery but instead was faced with the possibility of something much worse.

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