Software Freedom Conservancy

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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Announcing the Second Annual CopyleftConf!

February 3rd in Brussels

October 10, 2019

Audience at CopyleftConf 2019 opening keynote

Photo by Leslie Hawthorn, CC BY

Last year's event was the first ever CopyleftConf. It was great! We have some videos up and more are coming. Also, our call for proposals is open now, through the end of the month -- we'd love to hear from you.

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Conservancy Asks Trademark Office to Protect Applicant's Personal Privacy

September 19, 2019

Software Freedom Conservancy today submitted a petition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) asking that Office to reconsider recent rulemaking that exposes trademark owners' personal addresses.  This rulemaking has a direct impact on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects and charities (like Conservancy) that work to advance software freedom.  FOSS is developed virtually, with limited budgets, and rarely does a FOSS project have office space.  FOSS projects that register trademarks should not be required to disclose the personal, residential, home address of the project leaders.  Furthermore, software freedom organizations are more likely to be full-telecommute organizations, in which case, the new USPTO rule requires disclosure of officers and/or directors home addresses.

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Richard Stallman Does Not and Cannot Speak for the Free Software Movement

September 16, 2019

We are passionate about software freedom because we know it is a necessary precondition to safe and effective software that we can rely on in the long term. We fight for copyleft because it is a powerful tool to help us actually control the technology that is being increasingly embedded in our lives. The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom; our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. With these as our values and goals, we are appalled at recent statements made by the President and founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, in his recent email to the MIT CSAIL mailing list.

When considered with other reprehensible comments he has published over the years, these incidents form a pattern of behavior that is incompatible with the goals of the free software movement. We call for Stallman to step down from positions of leadership in our movement.

We reject any association with an individual whose words and actions subvert these goals. We look forward to seeing the FSF's action in this matter and want to underscore that allowing Stallman to continue to hold a leadership position would be an unacceptable compromise. Most importantly, we cannot support anyone, directly or indirectly, who condones the endangerment of vulnerable people by rationalizing any part of predator behavior.

Edited to add: Late this past Monday night, Richard Stallman resigned as president and from the board of directors of the FSF.

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Coming to Your Town? We'd Love to See You!

by Deb Nicholson on October 11, 2019

Conservancy staff are on the road this month. Check and see if we're coming to your town!

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When companies use the GPL against each other, our community loses

by Denver Gingerich on October 2, 2019

Two router manufacturers, Cambium and Ubiquiti, are using the GPL as a pawn in their ongoing commercial dispute that has resulted in a lawsuit. Our analysis shows that neither complies with the GPL's most basic provisions to begin with, making the suit a distraction from the GPL's main goal: ensuring users' freedom to modify the software in their devices.

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Karen Sandler keynoted State of the Map on Saturday 2019-09-21

by Bradley M. Kuhn on September 20, 2019

If you missed the live stream, be sure to watch the recording of Karen Sandler's keynote address at the 2019 State of the Map Conference.

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Conservancy News Round-up August

by Deb Nicholson on September 11, 2019

Updates from many of our projects' departing summer interns, updates on what our contractors have been up to and pictures from recent events.

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