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Richard Stallman Was Right All Along

http://www.osnews.com

Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.

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Propriatery Software Industry Lobbies Against EU Consumer Rights Laws

http://www.osnews.com

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

http://www.boingboing.net

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

http://racketware.info

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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Son Of ACTA (But Worse): Meet TPP, The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

http://www.techdirt.com

Given the mounds of evidence suggesting that over protection via such laws is damaging to the economy, this is immensely troubling, and once again shows how the USTR is making policy by ignoring data. This is scary.

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How Software Patents Will Ruin the World

http://www.romow.com

Instead of finally achieving financial success and changing the world with his software, Raul finds himself faced with a lawsuit, unless he pays steep licensing fees for patent usage rights.

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Podcast: Software Freedom Law Show

http://www.softwarefreedom.org

An informative and entertaining series by the Software Freedom Law Center. Hosted by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen Sandler. Has been running since November 2008. Available in .ogg and .mp3.

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Could Free Software Exist Without Copyright?

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com

GNU GPL actually *depends* on copyright, an intellectual monopoly, in order to spread intellectual freedom. Moreover, it seems to doom free software into a kind of symbiosis with copyright, forcing it to remain a supporter of that monopoly, since without it, the approach used to make the GPL so powerful would not work.

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FSFE: Fighting software patents at WIPO

http://blogs.fsfe.org

When we get to explain our views in the plenary, we are after all speaking to 200-300 diplomats and specialist policy makers from around the world. You don’t get many opportunities to explain to such a crowd why software patents are a bad idea, or why patents in software standards must be licensed royalty-free and without restrictions on their use.

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Eben Moglen on Bilski, Software Patents, and Big Pharma

http://thepriorart.typepad.com

This interview is part of a series following the Supreme Court's Bilski decision, which left the laws on what you can get a patent on largely as they are, after a four-justice minority failed to ban "business method" patents.

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FOSS law journal is open to receive submissions

http://www.ifosslr.org

The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review is seeking submissions for publication in 2010 and beyond. Potential contributors can review the author guidelines, download article templates in

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International Free and Open Source Software Law Review

http://www.ifosslr.org

The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev.) is a collaborative legal publication aiming to increase knowledge and understanding among lawyers about Free and Open Source Software issues. Topics covered include copyright, licence implementation, licence interpretation, software patents, open standards, case law and statutory changes.

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Microsoft and Linux sitting in a tree...

http://www.daniweb.com

Strange but true, usually the best of enemies it would seem that Microsoft and the Linux Foundation are in full agreement over something for a change. What is more, they are working together in order to find a solution as well.

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The European open internet is under imminent threat

http://www.blackouteurope.eu

The European internet is being threatened seriously!
The telecoms-package is a set of monstrous laws regulating the internet.
Amandment 138 is securing a fundamental rights.
If amandment 138 is excluded, internet will be turned into a cable-television system.

This is a campaign organized to raise awareness of the telecoms package in Sweden.

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Unconstitutional Law Cannot Shut Courthouse Door on Americans' Privacy Claims

http://www.eff.org

On Tuesday, December 2, at 10 a.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will challenge the constitutionality of a federal law aimed at granting immunity to telecommunications companies participating in illegal domestic surveillance.

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