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Media for SFLC’s 2019 Fall Conference Now Published

We are pleased to announce that video recordings of our 2019 Fall Conference are now available in several formats. At this year’s fall conference, leaders from community and industry joined us in New York to discuss the pressing issues of the day, from Cambridge Analytica and the regulation of social media companies to software distribution and the limits of copyright. This year, we also welcomed a diverse panel for a discussion about FOSS in Asia.

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Program for 15th Anniversary Fall Conference

In a few short weeks, the Software Freedom Law Center will welcome guests to our 15th Anniversary Fall Conference cohosted by Columbia Law School on Friday, November 1st, 2019. We are pleased to announce our conference program, which may be updated in the coming weeks. SFLC’s free annual conference explores the current legal issues surrounding free and open source software (FOSS). As in previous years, our conference will be attended by counsel, developers, enterprise users, and other members of FOSS communities.

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Additional Companies Join Red Hat’s GPLv3 Termination Policy for GPLv2 Programs

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.

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Conservancy: How and Why We Should Settle

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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