Professor Eben Moglen has issued a statement on the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision in Carpenter v. United States. Eben Moglen is the President, Executive Director, and Founder of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the courses Law in the Internet Society and Computers, Privacy and the Law, among other courses. He is a legal expert on the Fourth Amendment, constitutional law, privacy law, and the governance of emerging digital technologies.
On June 14, 2018, Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary published an editorial in Firstpost titled “Asserting control over data by enforcing data localisation policies is wrong”.
“Localisation seems like a beneficial means of expressing digital sovereignty. In fact, it imposes severe costs that far outweigh its benefits. In societies not governed by the rule of law, localisation amplifies the power of the organs of oppression, just as the form of ‘personal localisation’ represented by the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain amplified the power of Stasi and the KGB….”
Yesterday additional companies—including CA Technologies, Cisco, HPE, Microsoft SAP, SUSE—joined Red Hat, Facebook, Google and IBM in agreeing to use GPLv3 “cure period” termination provisions with respect to their own GPLv2-licensed works, and as an additional permission on their contributions to other GPLv2-licensed programs. We at SFLC welcome this step, and we hope that other licensors will join the approach Red Hat has so successfully pioneered.
Yesterday marks three years that I have been trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement with my ex-employees, Karen Sandler and Bradley Kuhn, of various complaints SFLC and I have about the way they treat us. After all this time when they would not even meet with us to discuss our issues, the involvement of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board in one aspect of the matter has at least created a space for structured discussion. Intermediaries both organizations work with and trust have generously taken the opportunity to communicate our settlement proposals, and we have initiated discussion through counsel. As transparency is, indeed, a valued commitment in the free software world, we think it is now time to publish our offer:
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