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Karen Sandler (karen) - 6 years ago 2015-12-01 03:19:44
karen@sfconservancy.org
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<p>Software Freedom needs your help.</p>
 

	
 
The world today is powered increasingly by Free Software. But what many people don't realize is how much support is needed to keep all of these projects free and open. The work that we do every day ensures the success and the continued freedom of the projects that the developers of our member projects so tireless dedicate themselves to. Projects like Git, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and dozens more [FIXME Link to nascar pic]
 
The world today is powered increasingly by Free Software. But what many people don't realize is how much support is needed to keep all of these projects free and open. The work that we do every day ensures the success and the continued freedom of the projects that the developers of our member projects so tirelessly dedicate themselves to. Projects like Git, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and dozens more [FIXME Link to nascar pic]
 

	
 

	
 
<h4>2015 successes</h4>
 

	
 
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<li>We brought three new projects under the protection of the Conservancy:  <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/jul/23/qemu-joins/">QEMU</a> - the generic machine emulator and virtualizer, <a href="https://www.bro.org/">The Bro Network Security Monitor</a>, and <a href="http://outreachy.org">Outreachy</a>, a program dedicated to helping people from underrepresented groups get involved in free and open source software. We also worked with the Debian community to launch the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/aug/17/debian/">Debian Copyright Aggregation Project</a> at their request.</li>
 
<li>We brought four new projects under the protection of the Conservancy:  <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/jul/23/qemu-joins/">QEMU</a> - the generic machine emulator and virtualizer, <a href="https://www.bro.org/">The Bro Network Security Monitor</a>, the Godot Game Engine[FIXME] and <a href="http://outreachy.org">Outreachy</a>, a program dedicated to helping people from underrepresented groups get involved in free and open source software. We also worked with the Debian community to launch the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/aug/17/debian/">Debian Copyright Aggregation Project</a> at their request.</li>
 

	
 
<li>We <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/">supported the law suit</a> Christoph Hellwig has brought against VMware in Germany, the first case on derivative works and the GPL.</li> 
 

	
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<li>Along with FSF, we helped <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/jul/15/ubuntu-ip-policy/">Canonical, Ltd. achieve compliance in its “Intellectual Property” Policy</a>, while pointing out that the policy fails to address important software freedom issues.</li>
 

	
 
<li>We conducted friendly discussions with companies out of compliance with the GPL, seeking non-litigous resolutions.</li>
 
<li>We conducted friendly discussions with companies out of compliance with the GPL, seeking non-litigious resolutions.</li>
 

	
 
<li>We participated in the process of <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/oct/14/FCC-comment/">telling the FCC to fix its proposed rules</a> restricting third-party modification of firmware in wireless devices.
 

	
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<p>We are focused on the most important ethical issues in software freedom. We work tirelessly and don't shy away from difficult issues.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We're a unique organization - a staunch defender of copyleft (for Linux, Debian and many of our member projects), a source of education and champions of diversity for the community via Outreachy and other programs, and are the legal home to our over 30 member projects forwarding essential free software.</p>
 
<p>We're a unique organization - a staunch defender of copyleft (for Linux, Debian and many of our member projects), a source of education and champions of diversity for the community via Outreachy and other programs, and are the legal home to over 30 member projects that are essential to developing free software.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We undertake these critical programs because they are essential to the future of technology. We do them because they are right. <b>But we cannot do them without you</b>. If we do not meet our fundraising goals, we will be forced to radically restructure.</p>
 

	
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<h4>It's up to you</h4>
 

	
 
<p>We have raised enough money to continue the VMware case but our overall enforcement work needs additional support to be abe to continue.  As we state in the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/linux-compliance/principles.html">Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement</a>, we cannot prioritize profit in these actions without compromising on the end goals of that work which is to help companies become free and open source software users and contributors. 
 
<p>We have raised enough money to continue the VMware case but our overall enforcement work needs additional support to be able to continue.  As we state in the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/linux-compliance/principles.html">Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement</a>, we cannot prioritize profit in these actions without compromising on the end goals of that work which is to help companies become free and open source software users and contributors. 
 

	
 
<p>Moreover, we have lost committed general funding from companies explicitly because of our enforcement work. Continuing this work without individual support is no longer possible.</p>
 

	
 
<p>As a result, we need [2500] Supporters in order to maintain the staff and resources in the organization to properly undertake enforcement. We hope you will <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/">sign up a Supporter</a> to help us achieve this. If we don't reach our goal, we will have no choice but to hibernate enforcement until we have the resources to pick it up properly at some point in the future.</p>
 

	
 
<p>If you care about the GPL, <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/">help us meet our goal</a> so we can stand up for the GPL together.</p>
 

	
 

	
 

	
 
<p>Please <a href="#donate-box" class="donate-now">join our Supporter program</a> and spread software freedom!</p>
 

	
 
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