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FSFE in Samba case: Microsoft's defiance backfired

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Luxembourg, May 25 - FSFE played a key role at a Microsoft hearing before the European Union's General Court on Tuesday, helping explain the intricacies of Free Software servers.

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Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

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Fresh action in the European Commission's antitrust proceedings against Microsoft: On May 24, the European Court of Justice conducts a hearing on Microsoft's appeal against the fine. FSFE has participated in the case for a decade and will intervene on the Commission's behalf.

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Groklaw 2.0

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In April Groklaw announced it will be shutting down. Now this decision has been reversed and instead PJ has handed the torch down to law professor Mark Webbink. He was General Counsel at Red Hat and he is on the board of the Software Freedom Law Center. So for legal advice on FOSS matters, Groklaw is still the place to go.

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About the WebM Community Cross-License

http://www.webm-ccl.org

The WebM Community Cross-License (CCL) initiative enables the web community to further support the WebM Project. Google, Matroska and the Xiph.Org Foundation make the various components of WebM openly available on royalty-free terms. By joining the CCL, member organizations likewise agree to license patents they may have that are essential to WebM technologies to other members of the CCL.

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Free Software crucial to competition, regulators in Novell patent deal say

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Competition authorities in Germany and the United States today highlighted the fundamental role that Free Software plays for competition in the software market.

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The TCK Trap

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You want to fork the OpenJDK. If you don’t care about calling it Java, you can, under copyright law and the GPLv2, just cut the release, publish it, and go about your business. The catch is that there are tons of patents all over the JVM, and the GPLv2 does not include any patent protections.

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Cloud Computing (SaaS) Licenses – Is AGPL the solution?

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It is supported by many that the AGPL license for network services which run in a cloud brings back the fairness provision that the original GPL intended and returns the freedom that FLOSS promises to all users and developers. But does the APGL license really provide all that?

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Propriatery Software Industry Lobbies Against EU Consumer Rights Laws

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The goal of the new directive is to consolidate the various consumer rights directives already in place in Europe. In addition, the EU wants to strengthen consumer protection while they're at it, and part of that is ensuring that digital goods are handled just like normal goods.

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USDOJ opens anti-trust investigation of MPEG-LA

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The Wall Street Journal reports MPEG-LA's statement to try to prevent Google's VP8 codec from spreading is the reason of the interest of the US Department of Justice.

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MPEG LA's attack on VP8 video highlights need for software patent abolition

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MPEG LA is blatantly trying to claim a monopoly on online video. The patent system is failing for software, and initiatives to “fix” the system are not working. A clear exclusion of software ideas from patentability is the only workable solution. VP8 is an attempt to free the software industry and all software developers from this patent troll.

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Tell the USTR to reject ACTA

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The ACTA drafting process is finished, and countries are beginning to turn an eye toward signing it. Help us stand against it!

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WikiLeaks ACTA cables confirm it was a screwjob for the global poor

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The reason that ACTA was negotiated in secret among rich countries was that this was seen as the most expeditious way of getting a super-extreme copyright agreement passed with a minimum of fuss, and that all the poor countries who were excluded from the negotiation would later be coerced into agreeing to it.

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French Court of Cassation threatens bundled software

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The French Court of Cassation says European directive regarding unfair commercial practice must be considered when judging bundled software issues. That should help consumers all over Europe to overthrow bundled sales of software with hardware.

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OSI and FSF link up against CPTN patent threat

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The Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundations - two organisations fighting for the same cause, but traditionally in very different ways - have joined forces in an attempt to prevent Novell patents falling into Microsoft's hands.

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FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale

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Free Software Foundation Europe has written to the German competition authorities in order to share its concerns about the sale of Novell's patents to a consortium called CPTN, made up of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC.

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