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Bradley M. Kuhn - 12 months ago 2021-11-23 17:25:41
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Rewrite of “Our Year in Review” section; add links as well.
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<h3 id="YearInReview">Our Year in Review</h3>
 
<div data-read-more="Summary of our year&hellip;">
 

	
 
<p>This past year we've all grown more conscious of our interconnected world and the importance of free software tools that empower us all. Closed source and proprietary tooling has taken over many communication channels while we work from home. Even conferences and lecture series dedicated to 'open source infrastructure' have been unable to escape the grasp of closed systems. We made it a priority to support those in our community that understand the crucial need for the need for a <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/feb/08/just-say-no-to-zoom/">conferences run by free software</a> and have been pleased to support free communication tools to assist with these efforts. <b>Our commitment to using, developing, and supporting free software tools and communities has never been stronger.</b></p>
 

	
 
<p>Over the past year we have taken on a lot of new work that wouldn't have been possible without your support. Our lawsuit against long time license violator Vizio is one of those projects. Software Freedom Conservancy continues to lead the field in standing up for license compliance and holding corporations accountable. This focus on consumer rights, in regards to software licensing, is a critical approach developed by our amazing policy and legal experts. We believe software freedom should be a tool that enables everyone to hold their technology and its providers accountable to the people who are impacted by it. <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/vizio/">Click here for more information.</a></p>
 

	
 
<p>We also proud to share highlights of our work on the  DMCA exceptions and clarification for jailbreaking of routers, investigation of license compliance and privacy-related research. Karen, our executive director also participated in getting an exemption for medical devices. We continue to push back against the extreme wealth and legal power that corporations and lobbyists assert over consumers. We work to fight this overreach one bit at a time.</p>
 
<p>This past year we've all grown more conscious of our interconnected world.
 
   These events escalate the importance of free software tools that empower
 
   us all. Closed source and proprietary tools have overtaken many
 
   communication channels &mdash; particularly when we work from home. Even
 
   conferences and lecture series dedicated to &ldquo;open source
 
   infrastructure&rdquo; have been unable to escape the grasp of these closed
 
   systems. As we monitored these diffcult events, we prioritized support for
 
   those in our community that understand the crucial need
 
   for <a href="/blog/2021/feb/08/just-say-no-to-zoom/">conferences run
 
   solely with free software</a>.  We have been pleased to support free
 
   communication tools to assist with these efforts. <b>Our commitment to
 
   using, developing, and supporting free software tools and communities has
 
    never been stronger.</b></p>
 

	
 

	
 
<p>Over the past year, we took on new work that would have
 
  been <em>impossible</em> without your support. Last month, we filed
 
  a <a href="/vizio">lawsuit against long time license violator Vizio</a>.
 
  Through that lawsuit and many non-litigation ongoing license enforcement
 
  actions, Software Freedom Conservancy leads the field: We stand up for
 
  license compliance and holding corporation accountable when others
 
  won't. Our focus in software licensing defends consumer rights.  This novel and
 
  critical approach to license compliance culminates  years of effort by our amazing policy and legal experts. We
 
  believe software freedom, when properly and actively upheld, enables everyone to hold
 
  technology providers accountable to the people most 
 
  impacted by their actions.</p>
 

	
 
<p>This year, we filed more DMCA exemption requests than any organization in
 
  the country &mdash;
 
  and <a href="/news/2021/oct/28/2021-DMCA-final-exemptions-win/">we won on
 
  every single one</a>.  We clarified the right to jailbreak of routers (an
 
  essential activity of our <a href="https://openwrt.org">OpenWrt
 
  project</a>), won a new right to safely investigate devices for license
 
  compliance, and helped solidify privacy-related research.  Karen (our
 
  executive director) also participated with a coalition that achieved yet
 
  another exemption for medical devices!  Our lawyer, Pam Chestek, <a href="https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2021/hearing-transcripts/210407-Section-1201-Public-Hearing-Class-15-7a-7b.pdf#page=13">testified</a> at the DMCA
 
  hearings on these exemptions, and confronted industry lobbyists directly as
 
  they sought to use their extreme
 
  wealth and legal power to harm consumers. We stridently fight their overreach &mdash; one bit at a time.</p>
 
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<h3 id="Highlights">Highlights from some of our member projects</h3>
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