Software Freedom Conservancy

Conservancy will continue our basic community services, thanks to our first 750 Supporters! We still need 813 more Supporters to avoid reducing licensing work & hibernating our enforcement efforts in 2017.
1,027 have joined so far. Thus, our 750 goal was achieved & 277 have joined beyond that. Also, match pledges reduced our 2,500 maximum need by 660 !

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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July 3, 2016

Conservancy at DebConf 2016

Software Freedom Conservancy's Executive Director Karen Sandler today delivered a keynote address at DebConf in Cape Town, South Africa, discussing the relationships between companies and communities in free and open source software. In her talk, Karen announced that an anonymous donor has generously agreed to match Supporter sign ups made by conference attendees. Conservancy's President and Distinguished Technologist Bradley Kuhn will also be speaking at Debconf, and there will be an exclusive Supporters-only cocktail party on Tuesday night.

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The Importance of Following Community-Oriented Principles in GPL Enforcement Work

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler on July 19, 2016

GPL enforcement — the process to encourage those who fail to correct problems and join our open software development community — is difficult diplomacy.

Last year, Conservancy and the FSF published the concise but comprehensive Principles. The principles are endorsed by Conservancy, FSF and gpl-violations.org — the three historic community-oriented GPL enforcement organizations. Recently, these principles were also endosed by the Netfilter team, a core and essential group of Linux developers. However, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to convince all enforcers to endorse these Principles. In this blog post, we express our concern and desire to ameliorate that situation as best we can. Furthermore, we also bring some transparency and context where enforcers seem unlikely to ever endorse the Principles.

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