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FSFE Newsletter - January 2011

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Robots, Football, and Education — Public institutions - hares or snails? — Something completely different — Get active: Help with Euro 2012 championship

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Freedom to compete: Fixing EU's software procurement

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We would like to see the European Commission back up its public rhetoric regarding Free Software, Open Standards and interoperability with its own actions. This would require DIGIT to rethink some procurement practices in order to open up public software procurement to competition.

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FSFE Newsletter - December 2010

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This edition covers the current developments in Open Standards policy, some basic information about software patents, an update from FSCONS about distributed computing, and how you can support us in the end of the year.

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Battling the Hydra: FSFE’s work on Open Standards

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The European Interoperability Framework is just one battle among many. Besides the topic of interoperability in the public sector, there’s the task of reforming standardisation systems so that they produce Open Standards, and educating policy makers about the importance of the issue.

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FSFE refutes BSA's false claims to European Commission

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FSFE has obtained a copy of a letter sent to the Commission by the BSA last week. In the following paragraphs they analyse the BSA's arguments and explain why their claims are false, and why Open Standards are key to interoperability and competition in the European software market.

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UK Adopts Open Government License for everything: Why it’s good and what it means

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In almost every aspect the license, the UK government will manage its “intellectual property” by setting the default to be open and free.

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EU survey on Free Software and standards: make your voice heard!

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The Free Software Foundation Europe is calling on European Free Software businesses to participate in a survey of business attitudes towards the acceptability of including patents in industry standards.

This survey is a key component of a study that will play the major role in the EC's reform of standardisation policy. It is open until September 17.

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Firefox To Make History, About To Surpass IE in Europe

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August has arrived. Time for a browser market share update. There is quite a bit of news this month, which, depending on your view, can be modified in virtually any direction you prefer. Microsoft likes the version in which IE has gained market share and pushed back Firefox and Chrome.

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Software: What Exactly Can be Copyrighted?

http://www.h-online.com

One of the many arguments against allowing patents for software (alongside the principle argument that software is made up of algorithms, which are essentially mathematics, which is pure knowledge and hence is not patentable) is the fact that software is anyway covered by copyright law.

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Could the EU walk away from ACTA?

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Over the past week, I have had several posts on ACTA in the wake of the most recent leaked text, including a scorecard on the major remaining areas of disagreement, one assessing the growing rift between the U.S. and E.U., Canadian positions on ACTA, the changed U.S. position on anti-circumvention rules, and a look at geographical indications, a key issue for the EU.

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3rd and 4th meeting of FSFE Fellowship group Slovenia

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The 3rd meeting our Fellowship group was on the 4th of March and was mainly about organizing the DFD. The next -- 4th meeting of FSFE Fellowship group Slovenia took place on the 6th of July and although there was only five of us present, it was pretty important.

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OSS: Europe vs. The United States

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Neelie Kroes is IT Chief for Europe and a staunch proponent of Open Source Software. A previous Linux Journal article made mention of her recent comments on OSS vs. proprietary software:

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European Commission launches consultation on net neutrality

http://eu.techcrunch.com

The European Commission this morning launched a consultation on key questions regarding the contentious issues of net neutrality and the open Internet. Until 30 September 2010, all interested parties – meaning service and content providers, consumers, businesses and researchers – are invited to respond to the consultation.

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After Harbouring MS’s OOXML Corruption, Alan Bryden Can Promote/Inhibit Software Patents in Europe

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Alan Bryden of ISO infamy may now be hurting Europe as well, essentially by using "standards" to help bring software patents to the continent

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Open Public Data are so good that it's hard to start explaining why

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I just came back from an international meeting in Madrid on the reuse of Public Sector Information through open digital standards and open licenses. This is a partial report of the most interesting concepts discussed during the day.

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