On March 22nd, 2018, NPR published a segment by Martin Kaste titled “Investigators Probe Software’s Role In Deadly Boeing 737 Max Crashes”. The segment contains an interview with Eben Moglen, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and President of SFLC.
Transcripts of every session of SFLC’s 14th Anniversary Fall Conference are now available here: https://softwarefreedom.org/events/2018/annual-conference/transcripts/.
Many memorable moments took place at our conference, like Eben Moglen’s announcement of peace alongside Keith Bergelt of the Open Invention Network and Nicolas Schifano of Microsoft and Eben Moglen’s closing speech about the “New Consensus.”
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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