SFLC News: 2006 [RSS]


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software, has filed a formal request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for re-examination of Blackboard's e-Learning patent. If successful, the request will ultimately lead to the cancellation of all 44 claims of the patent.



The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that they are co-sponsoring a conference to discuss the impact of software patents on software development, innovation and competition. The conference, entitled Software Patents: A Time for Change?, will be hosted at Boston University on November 17.



The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today have released the second discussion draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 (GPLv3). This new draft marks the middle of a year-long public review process designed to evaluate proposed changes and to finalize a new version of the GPL.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today released an opinion assuring developers that they can legally implement OpenDocument Format (ODF) in free and open source software. OpenDocument Format is a free file format for saving and exchanging editable documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced it has established the Software Freedom Conservancy to provide free financial and administrative services for a collection of FOSS projects through a single entity.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced it has published a white paper on its position regarding alleged General Public License (GPL) violations in relation to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The paper, titled Sarbanes-Oxley and the GPL: No Special Risk, is available at: www.softwarefreedom.org/publications/Sarbanes-Oxley.html.