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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - November 2011</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - November 2011</h1>
  9. <h2>WWW would have been better if it was patented</h2>
  10. <p>How long should copyright last? Should living beings or software be
  11. patentable? The World Intellectual Property Organisation deals with this sort
  12. of questions. Since 2004, we are involved in the WIPO to make sure they do not
  13. harm Free Software. Our most important demand is that when it comes to
  14. copyright and patents, the benefits should be weighed against the costs.</p>
  15. <p>The new Director General Francis Gurry's said that the World Wide Web would
  16. have been better if it was patented. This shows us that the current trend is in
  17. the opposite direction. Read more about this in Karsten's article <a
  18. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/10/24/wipo-sliding-back-into-the-dark-ages/">WIPO
  19. sliding back into the Dark Ages?</a>, our <a
  20. href="/activities/wipo/wipo.html">WIPO dossier</a>, and <a
  21. href="/activities/wipo/wiwo.html">support the Geneva Declaration</a>.</p>
  22. <h2>Daily business - step by step</h2>
  23. <p>Why do FSFE so frequently give interviews and talks, and travel to promote
  24. FSFE issues? Our mission is to promote freedom in emerging digital society. So
  25. as you can see on our <a href="/events/events.html">events page</a> it is part
  26. of our daily business to travel around, give talks, interviews, and organise
  27. events. Paul Boddie <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=54">improved our
  28. Fellowship event calendar</a> which now integrates GriCal. This way you can
  29. subscribe to the calendar. If you are already subscribed to the the event's <a
  30. href="/events/events.rss">RSS feed</a> or the <a
  31. href="webcal://fsfe.org/events/events.en.ics">Ical feed</a> you can skip the
  32. next paragraph.</p>
  33. <p>So for example in October Karsten and Matija gave talks at LinuxCon Europe
  34. in Prague, Sam gave a speech at the <a
  35. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=215">DIY Feminist Festival in
  36. Manchester</a>, our UK team had a booth at FLOSS UK Unconference 2011 in
  37. Manchester, your editor gave a talk about "10 misunderstandings about Free
  38. Software (or are they lies?)" at the technical university in Berlin, our
  39. Austrian coordinator Peter Bubestinger gave a talk "Free Software and Open
  40. Formats: virtual immortality and independence for digital archives" at the
  41. National Library in Vienna, and our French coordinator Hugo Roy organised a <a
  42. href="http://www.libertesnumeriques.net/evenements/stallman-19octobre2011?lang=en">talk
  43. on "A Free Digital Society" by Richard Stallman</a>.</p>
  44. <p>On the interview front: Karsten gave a <a
  45. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/10/24/wipo-sliding-back-into-the-dark-ages/">radio
  46. interview about our work at WIPO</a>, Hugo an interview to the French GNU
  47. Linux Magazine Essentiel, your editor to the German <a
  48. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=845">newspaper TAZ about Secure
  49. boot</a>.</p>
  50. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li>Rikard Fröberg works at <a href="https://ffkp.se/">The Society for
  53. Free Culture and Software</a>, and contributes this year to the <a
  54. href="http://fscons.org/">FSCONS</a> organisation and thereby supporting
  55. our <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=840">Free Software in Politics
  56. track</a>. In the <a
  57. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=446">October
  58. Fellowship Interview</a> he considers the importance of having an active
  59. and engaged community of users.</li>
  60. <li>Free Software from a human rights angle. Instead of just saying good-bye
  61. after the end of his internship, Diego wrote us a nice article as a gift: <a
  62. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/diegojavier/2011/10/10/free-software-social-networks-for-social-change-against-censorship-a-look-into-recent-events-in-wall-street-and-egypt/1">"Free
  63. Software social networks for social change"</a>.</li>
  64. <li>A selection of interesting blog entries from our <a
  65. href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>:
  66. <ul>
  67. <li>Denmark - Portugal 4:5. The regular qualification for the EURO2012 in
  68. Free Software are over. Which country has good Free Software and Open
  69. Standard practices? Guido Arnold <a
  70. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2011/10/euro2012-in-free-software-regular-qualification-is-over/">
  71. looked at this</a>. (Even though they were not able to win against
  72. Belgium, your editor is happy that Germany qualified. It is difficult to
  73. compete against teams with such good players as <a
  74. href="http://www.fosdem.org">FOSDEM</a>.)</li>
  75. <li>New government in Denmark, read what <a
  76. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/agger/2011/10/01/denmark-new-government-new-opportunities-for-free-software/">
  77. new opportunities Fellow Carsten Agger sees</a>.</li>
  78. <li>Converting letters into e-mails? Working on our <a
  79. href="/activities/pdfreaders/pdfreaders.html">PDFreaders campaign</a>, Sam
  80. received letters from public administrations and had to forward them to our
  81. mailing list. So he took this opportunity to write about <a
  82. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=227">Easy OCR on GNU/Linux with
  83. gImageReader"</a>.</li>
  84. <li>The first 100 customers matter! Writes <a
  85. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/greve/?p=455">Georg Greve in his article
  86. about an Open climate for entrepreneurs in Europe</a>. Read more about
  87. Research and Development programmes, Silicon Valley, and software
  88. patents.</li>
  89. <li>UnRAR in freedom: Thanks to The Unarchiver initiative, we are now able
  90. to <a
  91. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote/2011/10/14/unrar-in-freedom/">extract
  92. recent rar files completely with Free Software</a>.</li>
  93. <li><a
  94. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/myriam/2011/10/when-is-a-bug-report-useful">When
  95. is a bug report useful?</a> Read the article, and file about to this
  96. month newsletter.</li>
  97. <li>KDE became 15 Years in October. Paul Adams wondered <a
  98. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/padams/?p=251">how that does look
  99. like</a>.</li>
  100. </ul>
  101. </li>
  102. </ul>
  103. <h2>Get Active: Document Freedom Day - Let's get ready to rumble</h2>
  104. <p>Coordination for next years <a href="http://documentfreedom.org">Document
  105. Freedom Day</a> is starting. Your editor is responsible for next years
  106. international coordination, and shamelessly asks you to join the team,
  107. subscribe to <a
  108. href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/df-coordination">our
  109. mailinglist</a>, give input about the last year, help with campaign planing,
  110. taking care of coordination events in a certain country, taking care with the
  111. communication with partners, help with the organisation of events for next
  112. year, help with setting up the new website, writting texts,
  113. translate them, help with designing t-shirts and other promotion materials, or
  114. if you do not have time, <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">make a donation</a>
  115. to support us in this activity.</p>
  116. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  117. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  118. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a
  119. href="/">FSFE</a>
  120. </p>
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