Software Freedom Conservancy

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Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization 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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November 23, 2015

Software Freedom Conservancy Launches 2015 Fundraiser

Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces a major fundraising effort. Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support. The organization needs at least 750 annual Supporters to continue its basic community services and 2500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts. If Conservancy does not meet its goals, it will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of its operations.


November 4, 2015

Godot Game Engine is Conservancy's Newest Member Project

Today, Software Freedom Conservancy announces the addition of its latest member project, the Godot Engine, a 2D and 3D cross-platform game engine. Godot is now one of many free and open source software projects who call Conservancy their non-profit corporate home.


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Our fundraiser and awesome Supporters pitching in

Posted by Karen Sandler on November 24, 2015

Conservancy Supporters have started pitching in to help promote Conservancy's urgent fundraising campaign we launched this week, including an episode of Free as in Freedom specially hosted by Christopher Allan Webber and a video from Carol Smith.

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GPL Enforcement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler on November 9, 2015

Many people have criticized the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty since the text was released. In particular, some of the terms in the agreement are bad for software freedom and other social justice causes. Despite the TPP's stated intention to bring “social benefits” in addition to economic growth, the terms of TPP work against social benefits and awards too much power and control to large multinational corporations, including proprietary software companies. In this post, we explain that, while everyone should reject and oppose this provision — and the rest of TPP — this provision has no dramatic impact on copyleft licensing.

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