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# Free Software Supporter 
Issue 27, June 2010

Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's
monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and
31,279 other activists.

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* "Working together for free software" starts
* Bilski is out
* FSF says: Take a stand with us for freedom, against ACTA
* Introducing campaigns summer interns
* GNU social: Next steps
* Google's updated WebM license
* Defective by Design sticker contest winners announced!
* More about the App Store GPL Enforcement
* Patent Absurdity film DVDs sent to over 200 key people
* Job Opening: FSF Campaigns Manager
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!

## "Working together for free software" starts

Our summer campaigns interns, Danny Piccirillo and Steven DuBois,
helped launch the "working together for free software" campaign. The
new campaign aims to make free software ideals accessible to everyone.

With the new campaign comes a fresh look for's front page. It
will continue to evolve with an eye toward making it easier for
everyone to get started understanding and using free software.

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## Bilski is out

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in the long-awaited Bilski case, a
case that the FSF had promoted as a vehicle for directly limiting
software patents. As such, the decision disappoints, with the justices
providing a narrow ruling and rejecting Bilski's business method

The software patent mess that the US finds itself in today is a
product of the US judicial system and not Congress. It is therefore
all the more disappointing that the Supreme Court failed to use Bilski
to clean house and remove software from the scope of patentability.

On a positive note, the majority opinion does stress past decisions
that clearly limit the patenting of software.

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## FSF says: Take a stand with us for freedom, against ACTA

The FSF published a new declaration calling for rejection of ACTA
unless key changes to protect the public's freedom are made, and is
asking people around the world to add their names in support.

So far, 2,437 have added their names and verified their signatures.
The more signatures and visible support we have, the weaker ACTA will
look, so please continue sharing and promoting the petition.

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## Introducing campaigns summer interns

Steven DuBois and Danny Piccirillo are our summer campaigns interns.
They are going to release a weekly video blog concerning the progress
they made (in Ogg format, of course!)

The FSF internship program gives you the chance to be closely working
and learning with FSF staff in advancing software freedom. Consider
applying for the program whether you are a designer, good writer,
translator or someone else who can help the FSF!

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## GNU social: Next steps

A group of core GNU social developers had the opportunity to meet with
Blaine Cook, of OAuth fame. In the midst of figuring out the plan for
moving ahead with GNU social, Blaine was able to provide the group
with a tremendous amount of insight into useful approaches for
controlling privacy in distributed social networks.

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## Google's updated WebM license

Last month, Google announced their WebM project, which provided a free
software implementation of their VP8 video codec and a license to
exercise the patents the company held on the software. (This after we
appealed to them to do just that a couple of months prior.) The
license they chose was unambiguously free. Unfortunately, the
interaction between the copyright license and the patent license made
the result GPL-incompatible. Based on the concerns of developers
writing GPL-covered software, Google publicly stated that they would
take some time to review the WebM license and try to address the
community's concerns. Today, they released a revised license, and it
is GPL-compatible.

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## Defective by Design sticker contest winners announced!

We now have an official winner of our sticker design contest announced
in April. 

So, without further ado, we are pleased to announce Jeremy Todaro is
the winner of our Defective by Design sticker contest for his accurate
portrayal of Steve Jobs as Big Brother. Jeremy is a freelance artist
from Wentzville, Missouri who specializes in using free software tools
for his work. Well done Jeremy!

You can get the new sticker, and a package of others, at the FSF shop.
Please get some and let others see them on your laptop and bag!

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## More about the App Store GPL Enforcement

Since our announcement that we were pursuing a compliance case
involving GNU Go in Apple's App Store, we've received a lot of
questions about the details of the conflict between the GPL and
Apple's terms of service. For those of you who are interested, we're
providing those details here.

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## Patent Absurdity film DVDs sent to over 200 key people

After more than 100,000 views for the FSF-funded short-film Patent
Absurdity, the FSF, working with the well-known blogger Brad Feld,
asked for the names of the 200 people most influential to the software
patent debate in the US, in order to send copies of the documentary
to them in the postal mail.

Feld has sent the copies attached with a message that explains the
issue of software patents and how they corrupt the system, and he
volunteered to answer their questions regarding the film!

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## Job Opening: FSF Campaigns Manager

The FSF is hiring a Campaigns Manager to be part of a team that
directs and coordinates our campaigns for software freedom. This
is an opportunity to take a senior role in the organization that
promotes the message that software freedom is a must-have right.

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## GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

The recent GNU software releases:

ccscript-4.2.0          glpk-4.44               parted-2.3
emacs-23.2              gnuradio-3.3.0          shishi-1.0.0
enscript-        gss-1.0.1               sipwitch-0.8.3
freeipmi-0.8.6          gv-3.7.0                solfege-3.16.3
gcal-3.6                inetutils-1.8           ucommon-3.0.2
gcc-4.3.5               libidn-1.19             wdiff-0.6.3
gettext-        libtasn1-2.7            xnee-3.06
glibc-2.11.2            libtool-2.2.10          zile-2.3.17
global-5.9              parallel-20100601       autoconf-archive-2010.06.04

To get announcements of most new GNU packages, subscribe to the info-gnu
mailing list: <>.  Nearly
all GNU software is available from <>, or
preferably one of its mirrors (<>).  You
can use the url <> to be automatically
redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month we welcome Delyan Raychev as the new maintainer of GNU Oleo,
and Luis Strano Moraes as the new maintainer of GNU Shogi.

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance.
Please see <> if you'd
like to help.  The general page on how to help GNU is at
<>.  To submit new packages to GNU, see

As always, please feel free to write to me, <>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

## Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events

2010-07-01 | Por una sociedad digital libre
  Tarragona, Spain

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2010-07-02 | El software libre y tu libertad
  Barcelona, Spain

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2010-07-03 | Programario libre en la ética y en la práctica
  Berga (Barcelona), Spain

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2010-07-24 and 2010-07-25 | GNU Hackers' Meeting
  The Hague, Netherlands

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### Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's
work. You can contribute by joining at <>. If
you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some
rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email
signature like:

  I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers
(<>). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from
issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for
everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section
(<>) and take action on software patents,
DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.


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