Software Freedom Conservancy

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Software Freedom Conservancy
Logo: drawing of a tree whose upper branches include a tree data structure
Founded April 7, 2006; 12 years ago (2006-04-07)
Type 501(c)(3)
Location
Fields Software
Key people
Karen Sandler (executive director)
Bradley M. Kuhn (president)
Website sfconservancy.org

Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) is an organization that provides a non-profit home and infrastructure support, including legal services, for free/open source software projects. The organization was established in 2006, with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). As of June 2018, the organization had over 40 member projects.[1]

History[edit]

Software Freedom Conservancy was established in 2006, with the backing of the Software Freedom Law Center.[2][3]

In 2007 Conservancy started coordinating GNU General Public License compliance and enforcement actions, primarily for the BusyBox project [4] (see BusyBox GPL lawsuits). Later, the BusyBox maintainer Rob Landley who initially supported these lawsuits, regretted his decision and criticized the suing practice of Conservancy.[5][6][7][undue weight? ]

In October 2010, Conservancy hired its first Executive Director, Bradley M. Kuhn[8] and a year later, its first General Counsel, Tony Sebro.[9] In May 2012, Conservancy took on GPL compliance and enforcement for several other member projects, as well as for a number of individual Linux kernel developers.[10][11] In March 2014, Conservancy appointed Karen Sandler as its Executive Director, with Bradley M. Kuhn taking on the role as Distinguished Technologist.[12][13]

In February 2015, the Outreachy program (formerly the Free and Open Source Software Program for Women) announced that it was moving from The GNOME Project to become part of Conservancy.[14]

As of July 2015, Conservancy had 30 member projects, including QEMU, Boost, BusyBox, Git, Inkscape, Samba, Sugar Labs and Wine.[15]

In May 2016, Yorba Foundation assigned the copyrights of the projects it has developed to Software Freedom Conservancy. This includes copyrights for Shotwell, Geary, Valencia, gexiv2. California is absent of the bundle because of an oversight on Yorba's part.[16][17]

In November 2017, the SFC reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had demanded the invalidation of the SFC's trademark.[2]

Member projects[edit]

Current projects[edit]

As of March 2018 the following 46 projects are members of Software Freedom Conservancy:[15]

Former projects[edit]

These projects have since been removed from the Software Freedom Conservancy's current project list since 2016:

Directors[edit]

As of August 2017, Conservancy's directors are:[25][26]

The Board Secretary is Karen Sandler.

Past directors include:

Litigation[edit]

In July 2010, Conservancy announced it had prevailed in court against Westinghouse Digital, receiving an injunction as part of a default judgement.[27]

In March 2015, Conservancy announced it was funding litigation by Christoph Hellwig against VMware for violation of his copyrights in its ESXi product. The case will be heard in the district court of Hamburg, Germany.[28][29] VMware stated that it believed the case was without merit and expressed disappointment that Conservancy had resorted to litigation.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current Projects - Software Freedom Conservancy". sfconservancy.org. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b "SFLC Files Bizarre Legal Action Against Its Former Client". Software Freedom Conservancy. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mozilla Grants: Software Freedom Conservancy". Mozilla.org. Mozilla Foundation. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Simon Phipps (June 1, 2012). "Why the GPL licensing cops are the good guys". Infoworld. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement". LWN.net. January 31, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2014. As the ex-maintainer of busybox who STARTED those lawsuits in the first place and now HUGELY REGRETS ever having done so, I think I'm entitled to stop the lawsuits in whatever way I see fit. They never resulted in a single line of code added to the busybox repository. They HAVE resulted in more than one company exiting Linux development entirely and switching to non-Linux operating systems for their embedded products, and they're a big part of the reason behind Android's "No GPL in userspace" policy. 
  6. ^ Proffitt, Brian (February 2, 2012). "GPL enforcement sparks community flames - Throwing the GPL baby out with the enforcement bath water?". ITworld. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Landley, Rob (January 31, 2012). "The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement". landley.livejournal.com. Retrieved March 4, 2015. THIS is why I'm trying to stop busybox from being used as a bludgeon against the world at large. The SFLC sued an awful lot of companies that never got source from their upstream vendor, and COULDN'T do so five years later 
  8. ^ "Software Freedom Conservancy Appoints Full-Time Executive Director". October 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tony Sebro Joins Conservancy as General Counsel". September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Brian Proffitt (May 29, 2012). "Linux kernel devs, Samba join GPL compliance effort". IT World. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Conservancy Projects Launch Coordinated Free Software Compliance Efforts". Software Freedom Conservancy. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Karen Sandler joins Conservancy's Management Team". March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bhati, Monika (April 1, 2014). "Karen Sandler resigns as GNOME Foundation's executive director". Muktware. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Outreach Program to Join Conservancy from GNOME; Program Renames to Outreachy". Software Freedom Conservancy. February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Current Member Projects - Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Yorba Assigns Shotwell and Geary Copyrights to Software Freedom Conservancy". May 10, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Re: Yorba status - Geary article". June 26, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ Brockmeier, Joe 'Zonker' (June 16, 2011). "Evergreen Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy". Linux.com. 
  19. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (January 18, 2011). "Software Freedom Conservancy adds 25th member project: Things looking bright for Conservancy". Network World. IDG Communications, Inc. 
  20. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (January 18, 2011). "Software Freedom Conservancy adds 25th member project". Dissociated Press. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Git and Software Freedom Conservancy". Git. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Godot Joins Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Metalink Joins Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  24. ^ Foresight Linux Previously appeared as Current Member Project, archived from the original on 2016-10-06, retrieved 2018-06-07 
  25. ^ "Directors: Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Officers - Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Conservancy Receives Default Judgment For BusyBox GPL Enforcement". Software Freedom Conservancy. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Conservancy Announces Funding for GPL Compliance Lawsuit". Software Freedom Conservancy. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  29. ^ Phipps, Simon (March 5, 2015). "VMware heads to court over GPL violations". InfoWorld. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  30. ^ "VMware Update to Mr. Hellwig's Legal Proceedings". VMware. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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