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.
The Software Freedom Law Center is currently seeking legal interns for the summer of 2015.
The Guardian has published a piece by Eben Moglen entitled "The GCHQ boss’s assault on privacy is promoting illegality on the net" responding to the recent demands from the UK spy agency boss that major technology companies must ignore the interest of users and collaborate with spies outside the law. The piece is available in today's online edition and will appear in the print edition this Friday.
Anyone who was unable to attend our 10th anniversary conference in person now has a second chance to catch up on the most important legal and technological issues, present and future, surrounding FOSS. Videos of the proceedings are available from the event page. Recordings of the keynote presentations by Martin Fink, "FOSS and the Machine", and Eben Moglen, "Software Freedom in the Age of 'Cloud to Mobile': The Next Ten Years" are both available today. More conference videos will become available in coming days.
As part of the ongoing celebration of SFLC's ten years as an organization we are pleased to release the second edition of the GPL Compliance Guide. This edition is newly expanded and completely rewritten to address the changing needs of the community and industry. The guide is available on our site and can be downloaded as pdf, postscript, or epub. This guide is built as a supplement, one organized and oriented for lawyers, to the Free Software Foundation's authoritative GPL FAQ.