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[News] SFLC Explains Need to Occasionally Denounce Threats to Freedom

  • Subject: [News] SFLC Explains Need to Occasionally Denounce Threats to Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 21:12:50 +0100
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Denouncing vs. Advocating: In Defense of the Occasional Denouncement

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| Today, there are still a few proprietary 
| programs that quickly rose to ranks of 
| âmust install on my GNU/Linux systemâ for 
| all but the hardest-core Free Software 
| advocates. The key examples are Adobe Flash 
| and Skype. Indeed, much to my chagrin, 
| nearly all of my colleagues at SFLC insist 
| on using Adobe Flash, and nearly every Free 
| Software developer I meet at conferences 
| uses it too. And, despite excellent VoIP 
| technology available as Free Software, 
| Skype has sadly become widely used in our 
| community as well.



(Alexandre Oliva)


SFLC files Bilski brief: Software should not be patentable and don't forget the 1st Amendment

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| The Software Freedom Law Center has now filed its brief in Bilski.
| You can read it online here, as well as download it as a PDF or as
| Postscript. It raises three major points: 1) software is just
| algorithms for computers in human readable terms, and algorithms
| are not patentable; 2) excluding software from patentable subject
| matter encourages innovation in software; and 3) the First
| Amendment prohibits permitting the patenting of abstract ideas. I
| think you'll find that last point the most interesting.


SFLC Seeks Patent Attorney dedicated to Software Freedom

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| 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.

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