If you missed the SFLC Fall Conference, wanted to share parts with a friend or colleague, or re-watch part of it yourself, you now can here.
On Friday, October 9th, 2015 the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) submitted a comment with the United States Federal Communications Commission, which has proposed a number of revisions to its rules and regulations concerning approval of wireless devices. Notice of Proposed Rule Making, ET Docket No. 15-170. SFLC takes the position that the Commission does not possess the legal authority to adopt a rule that regulates the software running in devices that does not affect the operation of RF transmitters or create interference. SFLC further argues that, even within the scope of the Commission’s regulatory jurisdiction, the Commission must tread carefully to avoid over-regulating radio frequency device software to the detriment of user innovation and after-market software modification. SFLC also urges the Commission to issue a policy statement (1) supporting the use of community developed or free software in networking devices; (2) recognizing the overwhelming social benefits generated from the high-quality software produced by non-profit communities; and (3) stating that preferring proprietary software over software whose source code is publicly available does not meaningfully enhance the security of software.
The comment is available on our site.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader interviews Eben Moglen on the perils of proprietary software in automobiles, looking beyond the VW emissions scandal, and in voting machines. The interview can be found here.
Journalist Jim Dwyer profiles Eben Moglen in an article discussing the recent Volkswagen scandal involving fraudulent emissions-reading software, declaring his criticism of proprietary code as prophetic. The article can be found here. An additional NYT article further covering the story can be found here.
After the overwhelmingly positive response to our 10th Anniversary Conference last October, we’ve decided to make the SFLC Conference at Columbia Law School an annual affair. We would therefore like cordially to invite you to attend Software Freedom Law Center’s Fall Conference, “FOSS and Global Entrepreneurialism,” to be held at the law school on Friday, October 30, 2015.
Independent media powerhouse Newslaundry in New Delhi interviews Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary on issues of network neutrality, privacy, and Internet freedom.
Watch the interview here.
The Software Freedom Law Center is currently seeking legal interns.
Mishi Choudhary, Executive Director of SFLC.in and Legal Director of SFLC, has been named by Asia Society part of the Class of 2015 Asia 21 Young Leaders, the preeminent network of young leaders from across the Asia Pacific, representing the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
The Software Freedom Law Center is happy to announce that Mark Webbink has been elected the new Chairman of SFLC’s Board of Directors, after having served on the Board since 2007. Mark was before that the General Counsel at Red Hat. He replaces SFLC’s founder, Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia Law School, as Chairman. Professor Moglen remains a member of the Board, and continues his roles as President and Executive Director of SFLC.
Today the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC )and the Free Software Foundation filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court, which is considering whether to grant certiorari in the case of Google v. Oracle, No. 14-410, decision below 750 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2014). SFLC and FSF take the position that the decision below is wrong, but that certiorari should not be granted for three reasons: (1) the decision of the Federal Circuit merely mispredicts what the Ninth Circuit would do if it had been the Court resolving Oracle’s appeal from the District Court’s finding that the application program interface declarations at issue are non-copyrightable; (2) the decision rests on narrow factual grounds; and (3) there is no public interest in continuing to adjudicate this dispute because Google can now and could have used all material at issue under the terms of the GNU GPL v2.