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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - August 2011</h1>
  8. <h2>Inside stories by a critical thinker</h2>
  9. <blockquote><p>"If people do not understand why their computing is related to
  10. their freedom, it’s because nobody explained them properly" (Bernhard
  11. Reiter)</p></blockquote>
  12. <p newsteaser="yes">Bernhard Reiter is one of FSFE's founders and architect of the original German
  13. team. He participated in setting
  14. up three important Free Software organisations:, FFII, and
  15. FossGIS. Besides that, he is founder and Executive Director of Intevation GmbH, a
  16. company with exclusively Free Software products and services since 1999.
  17. </p>
  18. <p>Interesting stories about setting up FSFE, challenges for Free Software, and
  19. more are covered in <a
  20. href="">this month's
  21. Fellowship interview</a>.</p>
  22. <h2>Become a Critical Thinker: Get Rid of "Intellectual Property"</h2>
  23. <p>A lot of people talk about "intellectual property". When using this term, they
  24. usually mix different things like copyright, patents, trademarks, also right to a name,
  25. utility patents, business models, or even geographical indications. If you want to
  26. think critically and clearly about challenges in the digital age, you should
  27. separate those different issues.</p>
  28. <p>If you really need a term to cover all that, you should use one which is not
  29. that much biased. There are some suggestions in the articles mentioned below, like the
  30. term "Limited Intellectual Monopolies".</p>
  31. <p>But in 90% cases there is actually only one monopoly concerned.
  32. Discussions will be much more productive if everybody knows what you
  33. are talking about. So, if someone says "we need more protection of "intellectual
  34. property", ask them what that means, perhaps it means they want to have
  35. software patents. If someone says "we need to limit the scope of "intellectual
  36. property", you should ask if they want to restrain copyright, patents or even abolish trademarks.</p>
  37. <p>You can read more about this in Richard Stallman's article <a
  38. href="">"Did You Say
  39. 'Intellectual Property'? It's a Seductive Mirage"</a>, Georg Greve's <a
  40. href="/campaigns/wsis/issues.html">"Fighting intellectual poverty (Who owns
  41. and controls the information societies?)"</a>, and your editor's <a
  42. href="">interview with Dradio Wissen</a> (in
  43. German).</p>
  44. <h2>Support FSFE in critical thinking</h2>
  45. <p>For FSFE it is important that all of you support us. This way our work does not depend on
  46. single donors, and we can continue to think and communicate
  47. critical to promote software freedom.</p>
  48. <p>It is now possible to <a href="/donate/donate.html">donate us
  49. monthly and yearly</a> by <strong>credit card</strong> and in Germany also by
  50. <strong>direct debit</strong>. Beside that, in the Netherlands donations to FSFE can now be
  51. deducted from income tax (before it was only possible in Germany and
  52. Switzerland). If we get more than 20 new donors, your editor promises that he
  53. will not write the word "critical" in the next newsletter.</p>
  54. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  55. <ul>
  56. <li>Richard Stallman wrote an article <a
  57. href=",1518,775218,00.html">"Resist
  58. the Temptations of the Cloud!"</a> (<a
  59. href=",1518,774766,00.html">German
  60. version</a>) in the German Magazine "Spiegel".</li>
  61. <li><a href=""></a>. It is boring to
  62. follow up bugs, but it does not take a lot of time and has a good effect. In
  63. Italy volunteers again managed to close 13 bugs last month. Your editor gave
  64. two talks in Brazil about the <a
  65. href="/campaigns/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">PDFreaders campaign</a> to motivate
  66. people to fix bugs in Latin America, and our UK
  67. coordinator Sam Tuke is organising a PDFreaders bug hunt in Manchester. If
  68. you live around, join other Free Software advocates on Saturday, August 13,
  69. between 15.00-17.30 at <a
  70. href="">MadLab
  71. hackerspace</a> to find and remove UK Government adverts for non-Free PDF
  72. Readers. Cake and Pizza provided!</li>
  73. <li>New German Free Software Business Association: Lisog (124 members) and
  74. LIVE Linux-Verband (103 members) now <a
  75. href="">merged
  76. into the Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA)</a> (German).</li>
  77. <li>FSFE will take part at the Desktop Summit, a joint conference organised
  78. by the GNOME and KDE communities in Berlin, Germany, 6 - 12 August 2011 at
  79. the Humboldt University. Our president Karsten Gerloff will give a talk on
  80. <a
  81. href="">"Free
  82. desktops for Europe's public sector"</a> and Bernhard Reiter will talk
  83. about <a
  84. href="">"Daily
  85. Melee: paid people within Free Software initiatives - How they tick, how
  86. to keep them and the art of behaving if you are one"</a>. (All events are
  87. available on <a href="/events/events.html">our event page</a> and in the <a
  88. href="">Fellowship calendar</a>.</li>
  89. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>: </li>
  90. <ul>
  91. <li>CERN launched its Open Hardware License 1.1 and Open Hardware
  92. Repository. IBM promised to give its Lotus Symphony source code to the
  93. Apache Foundation, and W3C wants to invalidate Apple's Widget software
  94. patents. Read the legal news from <a
  95. href="">27.6.-3.7.</a> <a
  96. href="">4.7.-10.7.</a>, and <a
  97. href="">11.7.-18.7.</a>.</li>
  98. <li><a
  99. href="">Brian
  100. Gough has announced the GNU Hackers meeting</a> which will take place on
  101. 25. August – 28. August in Paris. There are about 45 GNU maintainers
  102. and contributors registered so far and speakers include Jim Meyering,
  103. Stefano Zacchiroli, and Jim Blandy.</li>
  104. <li>Why are students developing Free Software for the public sector? Read
  105. <a
  106. href="">in
  107. Guido Arnold's weblog</a> how students get involved in Free
  108. Software.</li>
  109. </ul>
  110. </ul>
  111. <h2>Get active: Read and distribute "crime story"</h2>
  112. <p><a
  113. href="">"When
  114. patents attack"</a> is a good story from investigative journalists on
  115. software patents, which reads like a crime story. Your editor recommends you
  116. to read it so you have good arguments in future. If you like it, distribute
  117. the article among your colleagues and friends.</p>
  118. <p>Regards,<br/>
  119. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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