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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.


The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today released a document specifying the process and guidelines for revising the Foundation’s GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). The FSF will release the first discussion draft of the new license for comment at the International Public Conference for GPLv3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on January 16 and 17, 2006.



The Software Freedom Law Center is pleased to announce that we have been retained by Mambo’s former core development teams, now reorganizing themselves as Open Source Matters, a not-for-profit corporation. In order to continue developing their code as true Free Software, the team unanimously decided to take the project in a new institutional direction. SFLC is delighted to be working with them, and we look forward to assisting our clients as they ensure that the premier PHP content management system remains forever free and responsive to the needs of its community.

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