Today’s settlement between Microsoft and TomTom ends one phase of the community’s response to Microsoft patent aggression, and begins another. On the basis of the information we have, we have no reason to believe that TomTom’s settlement agreement with Microsoft violates the license on the kernel, Linux, or any other free software used in its products. The settlement neither implies that Microsoft patents are valid nor that TomTom’s products were or are infringing.
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.
Today, SFLC, along with its client the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GCC Steering Committee, announce the release of a new GCC Runtime Library Exception. This license exception will allow the GCC codebase to be upgraded to GPLv3, and enable the development of a plugin framework for GCC.
SFLC was glad to advise FSF in its successful efforts to obtain full relicensing permission of SGI’s contributions to X.org. Now that the licensing has been clarified, all of the code 3D graphics under SGI’s older licenses are Free Software. SFLC applauds the work done by FSF, X.org and SGI on this matter, and especially commends FSF for their commitment to certainty in free software licensing.
The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), against Cisco Systems, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that Cisco violated the GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL) in its distribution of FSF software.
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.
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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.