Software Freedom Conservancy Appoints Full-Time Executive Director

October 4, 2010

Today, the Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects with fiscal sponsorship, asset stewardship, license enforcement and license compliance services, announced the appointment of Bradley M. Kuhn as its full-time Executive Director.

Conservancy provides fundamental infrastructure to its Free Software member projects, Kuhn said in a statement today. Kuhn added: Our goal is to handle all the issues of non-profit management and oversight for Free Software developers, so they can focus on the important tasks of writing and documenting software. I am grateful for the opportunity to focus my work in the software freedom community on this urgent and necessary endeavor.

Kuhn brings to Conservancy two decades of experience in software freedom volunteerism and ten years of non-profit management and organizational experience. From 2001 to 2005, Kuhn was Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation in Boston, MA. More recently, from 2005 to 2010, Kuhn worked as Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).

Conservancy continues to receive pro-bono legal services from SFLC. Eben Moglen, Director-Counsel of the SFLC, said: SFLC is glad to provide its pro-bono legal services to organizations like Conservancy, which provides essential non-profit management services to Free Software projects. Moglen added: SFLC can think of no one better than Bradley to provide these important services to Conservancy's member projects.

Since its founding in 2006, Conservancy has accepted applications from FLOSS projects that seek the benefits of non-profit organizational existence without engaging in the arduous effort of incorporating and achieving 501(c)(3) status on their own. Conservancy is currently home to twenty-two member projects, and more are expected to join shortly.

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