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University in Maryland</a>, and an M.S. in Computer Science from
the <a href="">University of
Cincinnati</a>.  <a href="">Kuhn's
Master's thesis</a> discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free
Software programming languages.  Kuhn received
the <a href="">O'Reilly
Open Source Award in 2012</a>, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on
copyleft licensing.  Kuhn has <a href="">a blog</a>
and co-hosts the audcast, <a href=""><cite>Free as in

<h2 id="brett">Brett Smith - Director of Strategic Initiatives</h2>
<p>Brett Smith began his FLOSS advocacy in 2000 at college, organizing
student groups and discussing the issues with professors and journalists.  He
also spent a couple of those summers interning at the Free Software
Foundation, and working in various assisting roles there when he returned to
campus.  Later on he worked as the FSF's License Compliance Engineer from
2006-2012, helping to shepherd the GPLv3 drafting process and do outreach
after the license was released.  From there, he worked as a Systems Engineer
at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and
an <a href="">Arvados</a> maintainer at Curoverse before
joining Conservancy as Director of Strategic Initiatives in 2016.  He holds a
BS in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.</p>

<h2 id="deb">Deb Nicholson - Director of Community Operations</h2>
<p>Deb Nicholson is the Director of Community Operations at the Software Freedom Conservancy where she supports the work of its member projects and facilitates collaboration with the wider free and open source software community. After years of local organizing on free speech, marriage equality, government transparency and access to the political process, she joined the free software movement in 2006. While working for the <a href="">Free Software Foundation</a>, she created the Women&rsquo;s Caucus to increase recruitment and retention of women in the free software community. She piloted messaging and directed outreach activities at the Open Invention Network, a shared defensive patent pool for free and open source software. She won the O’Reilly Open Source Award for her work as <a href="">GNU MediaGoblin</a>&lsquo;s Community Liaison and as a founding board member at <a href="">OpenHatch</a>. She also continues to serve as a founding organizer of the <a href="">Seattle GNU/Linux Conference</a>, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and welcoming new people to the free software community.</p>

<p>Deb received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bradford College and lives with her husband and her lucky black cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts.</p>

<h2 id="denver">Denver Gingerich - FLOSS License Compliance Engineer</h2>

Denver works part-time managing the technical side of Conservancy's
license compliance work, triaging new reports and verifying complete and
corresponding source (C&amp;CS).  His roles elsewhere have recently
included financial trading software development on GNU/Linux and
previously involved writing system software for hardware companies,
including driver writing for the kernel named Linux at ATI (now AMD) and
Qualcomm.  He founded a company that designs and builds magnetic stripe
readers for security hobbyists where he designed the hardware and
developed the device's tools and firmware, which are both free software.
Denver also writes free software in his spare time, with patches accepted
into Wine, the kernel named Linux, and GNU wdiff.  Denver received his
BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.  He gives presentations
about digital civil rights and protecting the free software ecosystem,
having spoken at conferences such as CopyCamp Toronto, FOSSLC's
Summercamp, and the Open Video Conference.</p>

<h2 id="dimesio">Rosanne DiMesio - Technical Bookkeeper</h2>

<p>Rosanne DiMesio is the Technical Bookkeeper at the Software Freedom
Conservancy where she handles incoming and outgoing accounting
activities for all its member projects as well as financial operations
for Conservancy itself. Rosanne has been volunteering with the Wine
Project since 2008 where she focuses on user support and documentation.
She has worked as an English teacher, a freelance writer and as IT
support. She is passionate about helping free software projects improve
their user experience. Rosanne received her Masters in Communication &amp;
Theater at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor&rsquo;s
degree in English from the University of Chicago.</p>

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<h1>Conservancy's Copyleft Compliance Projects</h1>
<h1 id="ourwork">Conservancy's Copyleft Compliance Projects</h1>

<p>Free and open source software is
        everywhere and in everything; yet our software freedom is constantly
        eroded.  With the help of its volunteers, <a href="/members/current/">member projects</a>, and <a href="/about/staff/">staff</a>,
  Conservancy stands up for users' software freedom via its copyleft compliance work.</p>

<p>Conservancy engages in copyleft compliance work in two different ways: by acting directly
on behalf of <a href="/projects/">Conservancy's Member Projects</a> who request
Free and Open Source License compliance efforts, and for
specific, targeted member projects for communities of developers.</p>

<p>Conservancy's Copyleft Compliance Projects are run in a collaborative manner with
the project developers.  All copyright holders involved have the opportunity
to give input and guidance on Conservancy's strategy in dealing with
compliance issues.  Thus, all Conservancy's compliance matter have full
  support of relevant copyright holders.</p>

<p>In addition to taking feedback internally from those who participate as
  part of the coalitions described below, Conservancy also welcomes feedback
  and discussion with the general public about our copyleft compliance
  efforts.  This discussion happens on
  Conservancy's <a href="">principles-discuss</a>
  mailing list, which is named
  for <a href="/copyleft-compliance/principles.html">Principles of
  Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement</a> which Conservancy follows in all our
  copyleft compliance.</p>

<h2>Compliance Project For Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects</h2>
<h2 id="projects">Compliance Project For Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects</h2>

<p>Historically, Conservancy was well-known for its ongoing license
compliance efforts on behalf of its BusyBox member project.  Today, Conservancy
does semi-regular compliance work for its BusyBox, Evergreen, Git, Inkscape, Mercurial,
Samba, Sugar Labs, QEMU and Wine member projects.  If you are a copyright holder
in any member project of Conservancy, please contact the project's leadership committtee,
via <a href="">&lt;;</a>
for more information on getting involved in compliance efforts in that project.

<h2 id="linux">GPL Compliance Project For Linux Developers</h2>

<p>In May
2012, <a href="/news/2012/may/29/compliance/">Conservancy
launched</a> the <cite>GPL
Compliance Project for Linux Developers</cite>, which handles compliance and
enforcement activities on behalf of more than a dozen Linux copyright
<p>The GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers is comprised of copyright
holders in the kernel, Linux, who have contributed to Linux under its
license, <a href="">the
GPLv2</a>. These copyright holders have formally asked Conservancy to engage
in compliance efforts for their copyrights in the Linux kernel.  In addition,
some developers have directly assigned their copyrights on Linux to Conservancy,
so Conservancy also enforces the GPL on Linux via its own copyrights in Linux.</p>

<p>Linux copyright holders who wish to assign copyright to or sign an enforcement agreement with
Conservancy should
  contact <a href="">&lt;;</a>.
  In 2016,
  Conservancy <a href="/news/2016/nov/03/linux-compliance-agreements/">made
    public the template agreements used as part of this project</a>; both the
  <a href="/docs/blank_linux-enforcement-agreement.pdf">non-anonymous</a> and
  <a href="/docs/blank_anonymous-linux-enforcement-agreement.pdf">anonymous</a>
  versions are available.  However, please <strong>do not</strong> sign these
  unilaterally without contacting and discussing
  with <a href="">&lt;;</a>


<h2 id="debian">The Debian Copyright Aggregation Project</h2>

<p>In August 2015, <a href="/news/2015/aug/17/debian/">Conservancy announced the Debian Copyright Aggregation
Project</a>.  This project allows Debian contributors to assign copyrights to
Conservancy, or sign enforcement agreements allowing Conservancy to enforce
Free and Open Source (FOSS) licenses on their behalf.  Many Debian contributors
have chosen each of these options already, and more continue to join.</p>

<p>Debian contributors who wish to assign copyright to or sign an enforcement agreement with
Conservancy should contact <a href="">&lt;;</a>.</p>

<h2>Conservancy's Commitment to Copyleft License Compliance</h2>
<h2 id="commitment">Conservancy's Commitment to Copyleft License Compliance</h2>

<p>Conservancy is dedicated to encouraging all users of software to comply
  with Free Software licenses. Toward this goal, in its compliance efforts,
  Conservancy helps distributors of Free Software in a friendly spirit of
  cooperation and participation.  In this spirit, Conservancy has co-published,
  with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), <a href="/copyleft-compliance/principles.html">the principles that both organizations
  follow in their compliance efforts</a>.
  Also in collaboration with the FSF, Conservancy also sponsors
  the <a href=""><cite>Copyleft and the GNU
  General Public License:A Comprehensive Tutorial and Guide</cite></a>,
  which <a href="/news/2014/nov/07/copyleft-org/">formally
  launched in fall 2014</a>.  The Guide includes tutorial materials about
  copyleft and compliance with copyleft licenses,
  including <a href=""><cite>A
  Practical Guide to GPL Compliance</cite></a>.  The materials
  on <a href=""></a> have been developed and
  improved since 2002, and are themselves copylefted, and developed
  collaboratively in public.</p>

<p>However, the Guide is admittedly a large document, so for those who are
  interested in a short summary of describing how Conservancy handles GPL
  enforcement and compliance
  work, <a href="/blog/2012/feb/01/gpl-enforcement/">this
  blog post outlining the compliance process</a> is likely the best source.</p>

<h2>Reporting GPL Violations To Us</h2>
<h2 id="reporting">Reporting GPL Violations To Us</h2>

<p>If you are aware of a license violation or compliance issue regarding
  Debian, Linux, or
  any <a href="/members/current/">Conservancy member
  project</a> (&mdash; in particular BusyBox, Evergreen, Inkscape, Mercurial,
  Samba, Sugar Labs, or Wine),
  please <a href="">contact us by email at

<p>If you think you've found a GPL violation, we encourage you to
   read <a href="">this
   personal blog post by our Distinguished Technologist, Bradley M. Kuhn</a>,
   about good practices in discovering and reporting GPL violations.  (We'd
   also like someone to convert the text of that blog post into a patch for
   <a href="">The Compliance Guide on</a>; submit it
   via <a href=""></a>.)</p>
<h2>Donate to Support This Work</h2>
<h2 id="support">Donate to Support This Work</h2>

<p>Finally, Conservancy welcomes <a href="#donate-box"
  class="donate-now">donations</a> in support of our GPL Compliance Projects,
  and we encourage you to become a <a href="/supporter/">an official
  Supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy</a>. </p>
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<h2>The time has come to stand up for the GPL.</h2>

<p><strong>Update 2019-04-02:</strong> Please
  see <a href="">this
  announcement regarding conclusion of the VMware suit in Germany</a>.  Since the suit has
  concluded, any funds you donate here will support our ongoing compliance efforts.  The
  remaining material below is left as it was before that announcement:</p>

<p><em>In March 2015, Conservancy <a href="/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/">announced Christoph Hellwig's
    lawsuit against VMware in Germany</a>.  In July 2016,
    we <a href="/news/2016/aug/09/vmware-appeal/">announced that Christoph
    would appeal the lower court's ruling</a>.</p>
    Support Conservancy's and Christoph's efforts in this area
    by <a href="/supporter/">becoming a Conservancy
    supporter</a> or <a href="#donate-box" class="donate-now">donating via
    the link on the right</a>.</em></p>


<p>We were told to ask nicely and repeatedly, so we did.</p>

<p>We asked allies to help us make contact in friendly and professional

<p>Everyone asked us to give companies as many chances as possible and as
  much help as possible to comply with copyleft, so we did.</p>

<p>We've worked for years to help VMware comply with the GPL, but they
refuse. Negotiations broke down for the last time when they insisted on an 
NDA just to discuss settlement terms!</p>

<p>Christoph is among the most active developers of Linux.  As of Feburary 
19, 2015, Christoph has contributed 279,653 lines of code to the Linux kernel, 
and ranks 20th among the 1,340 developers involved in the latest 3.19 kernel 
release.  Christoph also
ranks 4th among those who have reviewed third-party source code, tirelessly
corrected and commented on other developers' contributions.  Christoph
licenses his code to the public under the terms of the GPL for practical and
ideological reasons.  VMware, a company with net revenue of over $1 billion
and over 14,000 employees, ignored Christoph's choice.  They took Christoph's
code from Linux and modified it to work with their own kernel without releasing
source code of the resulting complete work.  This is precisely the kind of
activity Christoph and other kernel developers seek to prevent by choosing
the GPL.  The GPL was written to prevent this specific scenario!</p>

<h3>This is a matter of principle.</h3>

<p>Free and open source software is everywhere and in everything; yet our
  software freedom is constantly eroded.</p>

<p>We want companies to incorporate our software into new products, but there
are a few simple rules.  Copylefted free software is so prevalent because
there's no way a company can compete without using a significant amount of
free software to bring products to market in reasonable time. They get so
much benefit from our work.  Allowing the whole community to review, use,
improve and work with the code seems very little to ask in return.  Copyleft
also ensures competitors cannot undercut those who contribute.  Without active enforcement, the GPL is
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<h1>Frequently Asked Questions about Christoph Hellwig's VMware Lawsuit</h1>

<p><strong>Update 2019-04-02:</strong> Please
  see <a href="">this
  announcement regarding conclusion of the VMware suit in Germany</a>.  Since the suit has
  concluded, any funds you donate here will support our ongoing compliance efforts.  The
  remaining material below is left as it was before that announcement:</p>


<p>Conservancy maintains this
  <abbr title="Frequently Asked Questions">FAQ</abbr> list regarding
  <a href="/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/">Christoph Hellwig's lawsuit against VMware
  in Germany over alleged GPL violations on Linux</a> as a service to the
  Free Software community, and in particular, the copyleft community.  Conservancy
  realizes this lawsuit generates many questions and interest
  from the community.  Legal counsel (both Conservancy's own, and
  Christoph's lawyer, Till Jaeger) correctly advise us to limit our public
  comments regarding specific details of the case while litigation remains
  pending in court.  Nevertheless, Conservancy, as a
  non-profit charity serving the public good, seeks to be as transparent as
  possible.  If you have additional questions you'd like to see answered
  here, please <a href="">email
  &lt;;</a>, but understand that we may often need
  to answer: <q>We cannot comment on this while litigation is pending</q>.</p>

  <dt>Who is the Plaintiff in the lawsuit?</dt>

  <dd>Christoph is one of most active developers of the Linux kernel. He has
   contributed 279,653 lines of code to the latest Linux 3.19 kernel, and
   thus ranks 20th among the 1,340 developers involved in that release.
   Christoph also ranks 4th among those who have reviewed third-party source
   code, and he has tirelessly corrected and commented on other developers'

  <dt id="court-documents">Are the court documents released?</dt>

  <dd>Not currently.  Court proceedings are not public by default in Germany
  (unlike in the USA).  Conservancy will continue to update this FAQ with
  information that Conservancy knows about the case.  We would all also
  welcome an agreement with VMware whereby both sides would agree to publish
  all Court documents.  Unfortunately, VMware has explicitly asked for the
  filings not to be published.   Accordingly, Conservancy itself has not
  even been able to review VMware's statement of defense nor Christoph's
  response to that statement of defense.</dd>

  <dt id="funding">Who's funding this lawsuit?</dt>

  <dd>Conservancy has engaged in a grant agreement with Christoph Hellwig for
  the purposes of pursuing this specific legal action in Germany.
  Conservancy is funding this legal action specifically as part of
  Conservancy's program activity in
  its <a href="/copyleft-compliance/about.html">GPL Compliance
  Project for Linux Developers</a>.</dd>

  <dt id="combined-and-derivative-works">Is this the Great Test Case of Combined / Derivative Works?</dt>

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<h1>Christoph Hellwig's VMware Lawsuit - Resources</h1>

<p>Christoph Hellwig's case against VMware in Germany has concluded.  You can
  view the relevant announcements and analysis that Conservancy has published
  about the case below, starting with the announcement regarding the conclusion
  of the case:</p>

    <li><a href="/news/2019/apr/02/vmware-no-appeal/">VMware Suit Concludes in Germany</a></li>
    <li><a href=""><cite>Free as in
    Freedom</cite> that discusses the conclusion of the lawsuit</a></li>
    <li><a href="/news/2016/aug/09/vmware-appeal/">Announcement of Appeal</a></li>
    <li><a href="/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/">Original Press Release</a></li>
    <li><a href="/copyleft-compliance/vmware-lawsuit-appeal.html">Funding our Compliance Work</a></li>
    <li><a href="/copyleft-compliance/vmware-lawsuit-faq.html">
      <abbr title="Frequently Asked Questions">FAQ</abbr> on VMware Lawsuit</a></li>
    <li><a href="/copyleft-compliance/vmware-code-similarity.html">VMware's &amp;
      Christoph's Code Similarity Analysis</a></li>
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