SFLC News: 2008 [RSS]


SFLC yesterday announced its cooperation with the LinuxDefenders project of the Open Invention Network (OIN). LinuxDefenders is a program to create defensive patent tools to reduce patent concerns for the Linux and open source community. While LinuxDefenders and OIN do not share SFLC's goal to eliminate all software patents, SFLC hopes to cooperate with LinuxDefenders on those projects that can help defend Open Source and Free Software from patent threats.


SFLC is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute. SFLC is delighted to work with OSI to provide legal support to Indian institutions seeking, through free exchange of knowledge, to better the lives of people throughout India. Pursuant to the grant, SFLC's Executive Director, Eben Moglen, and the founding Director of a new SFLC India, Mishi Choudhary, will visit in India this month for a series of activities in support of the Free Software community.




The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision in the “Bilski” case. In doing so, it could be the first nail in the coffin of what are often called “software patents”. However, the ruling is narrow and does not completely eliminate the vagueness in patent-eligibility that has exacerbated the threat of patents to software freedom.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Extreme Networks, Inc., today jointly announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GPL lawsuit filed by SFLC against Extreme Networks on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox — Erik Andersen and Rob Landley.



The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GNU General Public License (GPL) enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC against Super Micro Computer, Inc. on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.



The Software Freedom Law Center, a New York based not-for-profit legal services organization that provides legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), seeks a registered patent attorney passionate about defending software freedom.




The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software (FOSS), today announced the formation of Moglen Ravicher LLC, a law firm which will represent select for-profit clients that support FOSS but are not eligible to receive SFLC's pro bono services.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that agreements have been reached to dismiss the GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC against Verizon Communications Inc. on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox. Verizon distributes BusyBox to its FiOS customers in devices that are provided to Verizon by Actiontec Electronics, Inc.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software, today published a paper that considers the legal implications of Microsoft's Open Specification Promise (OSP) and explains why it should not be relied upon by developers concerned about patent risk.



The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today published a legal guide which acts as an in-depth introduction to the legal issues surrounding FOSS.

The guide, written by members of SFLC's staff, covers a variety of legal topics and their practical application to free software development. These topics include copyrights and licensing, organizational structure, patents, and trademarks.


The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the committee to reconsider the current state of S.1145, a bill which would eliminate the public's ability to request an ex parte request for re-examination of a patent.

“Ex parte re-examination is the sole effective means whereby the public interest can be protected against long-standing erroneous determinations by the PTO that can have far-reaching deleterious social effects,” says the letter written by Eben Moglen, Founding Director of SFLC.

Click here to download the full text of the letter (PDF)



Earlier this week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released a document that explains and clarifies the meaning of the term “Program” in the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).

This document is an outcome of an ongoing collaboration between SFLC and the FSF to provide resources to the public, particularly commercial vendors and users of free software, about FSF's copyleft licenses.

Richard Fontana, an attorney at SFLC, worked closely with Richard Stallman, president of the FSF, in drafting the document.