Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/en-usThu, 18 Jan 2024 23:32:19 -0500Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/18/2023-fundraiser-exceeded/<p>This year's fundraiser went right up to the last hour; thanks to all of you for supporting the work we do, and showing us we're on the right track. We're so thankful for meeting our biggest match yet, <b> $161,729 and $1,942 additional raised</b> for a total of <b>$325,400</b>! Our <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/sponsors/#sustainers">Sustainers</a> and donors showed particular interest in promotion and defense of copyleft, including our <a href="//vizio.appleenthusiast.com/">case against Vizio</a>, as well as in our work On Outreachy. Funding our organization leads directly to more compliance action and more initiatives to further software freedom for all of us.</p>Thu, 18 Jan 2024 23:32:19 -0500//appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/18/2023-fundraiser-exceeded/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/11/outreachy-2023-year-in-review/<div class="picture-small right"> <img src="//www.outreachy.org/static/2023-celebration/cameroon-celebration.6afaaf278656.jpg" alt="baccarat liveLi¨ºn k?t ??ng nh?p" /> <p>Photo CC-BY Outreachy</p> </div> <h2>Celebrating 14 Years of Impact</h2> <p>In 2023, Outreachy marked a significant milestone in its 14-year journey by welcoming over 1,000 interns into the open source community. This remarkable achievement was commemorated through a series of 6 local celebrations across various countries and 3 virtual events, showcasing the global reach of Outreachy's impact. The celebrations served as a testament to the diversity and inclusivity that Outreachy champions.</p>Thu, 11 Jan 2024 23:51:18 -0500//appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/11/outreachy-2023-year-in-review/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/03/vizio-sj-rejected/<p>A very welcome victory in our <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/copyleft-compliance/vizio.html">case against Vizio</a> was presented last week. Judge Sandy Leal denied Vizio's <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/copyleft-compliance/glossary.html#summary-judgment">Motion for Summary Judgment</a>, allowing the case to proceed in state court. The Order echoes SFC arguments in court that the claim is not preempted by copyright law and that <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/copyleft-compliance/glossary.html#third-party-beneficiary">consumers like SFC have standing to enforce the GPL as third-party beneficiaries</a> to the GPL &mdash; without any action by copyright holders of copylefted code.</p> <div class="picture-small right"> <img src="//nextcloud.appleenthusiast.com/apps/files_sharing/publicpreview/8exHMPJk4bgNH38?file=/&fileId=26811&x=1366&y=768&a=true&etag=0a1919ebc968c34ef302f6b88db4c395" alt="baccarat liveLi¨ºn k?t ??ng nh?p" /></a><p>SFC counsel and Policy Fellow posing outside the courthouse - CC BY-SA 4.0</div>Wed, 03 Jan 2024 13:55:14 -0500//appleenthusiast.com/news/2024/jan/03/vizio-sj-rejected/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/dec/06/sfc-amicus-curiae-in-dmca-suit/<p>In the case of <i>Green v. Department of Justice</i>, filed in 2016 concerning section 1201 of the DMCA, Software Freedom Conservancy &mdash; along with Public Knowledge, The Digital Right to Repair Coalition, iFixit, The Open Source Hardware Association, and Jonathan Askin, Aaron Perzanowski, and Anthony Rosborough &mdash; all joined <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/docs/brief-green-doj-cadc3.pdf">an amicus curiae brief</a> led by Charles Duan in support of the defendant. The DMCA includes many incredibly harmful policies. In particular, for almost 20 years, the DMCA has allowed overbroad corporate control of our technology in the name of copyright. Particularly harmful are the Draconian &sect;1201-backed TPMs (&ldquo;technological protection measures&rdquo;) &mdash; which have curtailed and nearly eliminated these core rights of ownership:</p>Wed, 06 Dec 2023 19:02:02 -0500//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/dec/06/sfc-amicus-curiae-in-dmca-suit/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/nov/21/2023-fundraiser/<p>We at Software Freedom Conservancy are proud to be supported by individuals who find the mission of providing ethical technology for all worth investing in. Your support is what lets us develop free and open source alternatives to proprietary technologies like being the home to <a href="//inkscape.org">Inkscape</a>, <a href="//openwrt.org">OpenWrt</a>, <a href="//git-scm.org">Git</a> and many others, support <a href="//appleenthusiast.com/copyleft-compliance/">copyleft compliance</a>, and run <a href="//outreachy.org">Outreachy</a>, which just hosted its 1000th intern this year! It's the continued support of individuals which enables our work to protect us all from incursion of our digital rights and freedoms.</p>Tue, 21 Nov 2023 17:24:19 -0500//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/nov/21/2023-fundraiser/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/nov/01/us-copyright-office-generative-ai-machine-learning/<p>This week, Software Freedom Conservancy responded to the United States Copyright:baccarat liveM?i quy?n ???c b?o l?u cho trang web ch¨ªnh th?c Office's <href="//www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/08/30/2023-18624/artificial-intelligence-and-copyright">request for comments</a> to better understand how so-called generative AI systems present new challenges and concerns to copyright. <a href="/docs/2023-10-30_Software-Freedom-Conservancy-Copyright:baccarat liveM?i quy?n ???c b?o l?u cho trang web ch¨ªnh th?c-Office-Generative-AI-Comments-Docket-2023-6.pdf">SFC's comments</a>, prepared primarily by our Policy Fellow, Bradley M. Kuhn and Director of Compliance, Denver Gingerich, addressed the unique issues raised in relation to copyleft-licensed materials and the implications of their use in training set materials.</p>Wed, 01 Nov 2023 07:44:28 -0400//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/nov/01/us-copyright-office-generative-ai-machine-learning/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/12/transcript-msj-hearing/<div class="picture-small right"> <img src="//nextcloud.appleenthusiast.com/apps/files_sharing/publicpreview/pnZYsi2CkjscLwc?file=/&fileId=24825&x=1366&y=768&a=true&etag=f4341a40f90786b0356201c21278ee23" alt="baccarat liveLi¨ºn k?t ??ng nh?p" /></a> <p>SFC lawyers posing outside the courthouse - CC BY-SA 4.0</div> <p>Last Thursday, Software Freedom Conservancy took the next step in our ongoing litigation to liberate the complete, corresponding source code for Vizio televisions. Our lawyers argued on our behalf the core legal issues at the center of our case against VIzio. The motion and responses were filed in the weeks prior to the hearing and in-person oral arguments took place before Judge Sandy N. Leal of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange on Thursday, October 5, 2023.</p>Thu, 12 Oct 2023 12:00:00 -0400//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/12/transcript-msj-hearing/Software Freedom Conservancy News //appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/11/joint-statement-fsfe/<div class="picture-small right"> <a href="//fsfe.org/news/2023/news-20231011-01.html"><img src="//nextcloud.appleenthusiast.com/apps/files_sharing/publicpreview/wem8M4CZF4EG8zB?file=/&fileId=24798&x=1366&y=768&a=true&etag=79f8de2892d1347714dfb4698989709d" alt="baccarat liveLi¨ºn k?t ??ng nh?p" /></a></div> <p>Both <a href="//fsfe.org/news/2023/news-20231011-01.html">Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)</a> and Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) are committed to defending and expanding software freedom and the rights of people to use, understand, share and improve their software. </p>Wed, 11 Oct 2023 13:00:00 -0400//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/11/joint-statement-fsfe/Policy Fellow to speak on FTC roundtable about “Creative Economy and Generative AIâ€?/title><link>//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/04/ftc-ai-panel/</link><description><div class="picture-small right"> <a href="//kvgo.com/ftc/Creative-Economy-and-Generative-AI-October-4-2023"><img width=480px src="//nextcloud.appleenthusiast.com/apps/files_sharing/publicpreview/J6FoFWCPzaG3E7D?file=/&fileId=24730&x=1366&y=768&a=true&etag=ff4ee490da03d435781e14575d1f998b" alt="baccarat liveLi¨ºn k?t ??ng nh?p" /></a> <p>Click the thumbnail for a link to the recording which includes proprietary Javascript.<p></div> <p>Software Freedom Conservancy's Policy Fellow Bradley M. Kuhn, participated today in the FTC's roundtable discussion about the &ldquo;Creative Economy and Generative AI&rdquo;. Bradley represented the FOSS and indepndant software authorship communities on this panel. Bradley joined the voices of artists, union activists, and other policy makers to discuss the pressing issue of how machine learning impacts the rights and livelihoods of artists, technologists and others. We thank the FTC for putting the issues of software freedom and rights front and center in this important mainstream issue.</p></description><pubDate>Wed, 04 Oct 2023 08:55:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>//appleenthusiast.com/news/2023/oct/04/ftc-ai-panel/</guid></item></channel></rss>