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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - March 2015</h1>
  8. <h2>FSFE's reply to EU consultation on patents and standard</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">We believe that proprietary standards and software patents are barriers to
  10. Free Software adoption. To get rid of those barriers we have to help the public
  11. administration to understand this, too. That is why last month we responded to
  12. a consultation on the interaction of standards and patents by the European
  13. Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry,
  14. Entrepreneurship and SMEs.</p>
  15. <p><a href="/news/2015/news-20150218-01.html">In our response</a>, we focused
  16. mainly on how software patents negatively affect competition and innovation in
  17. the software market. We also highlighted that so-called “fair, reasonable and
  18. non-discriminatory” (FRAND) licensing terms are in practice a grave
  19. discrimination against Free Software. In many segments of the software market,
  20. these programs are the most significant competition to non-free offerings. So
  21. the FSFE recommends that standards organisations instead implement the
  22. successful patent licensing policies of the W3C and other bodies, and make the
  23. restriction-free licensing of standard-essential patents mandatory.</p>
  24. <p>If you want to help us to promote Open Standards, please participate in this
  25. year's Document Freedom Day (see this month's get active item at the end of the
  26. newsletter).</p>
  27. <h2>Free Software as integral part of Open Educational Resources</h2>
  28. <p>The more we see classic educational environments equipped with computers,
  29. the more important becomes an education system that teaches every student to be
  30. in control of their technology. For the FSFE, the basis for this is Free
  31. Software.</p>
  32. <p>Together with other partners in the “Bündnis Freie Bildung” (Free Education
  33. Alliance) we published a <a
  34. href="/news/2015/news-20150210-01.html">position paper about
  35. the creation and usage of Open Educational Resources (OER)</a>. The paper has a
  36. specific focus on the creation and usage of OER inside the German educational
  37. system. It should be mandatory to publish educational resources including
  38. software that has been paid with public money under free licences. Furthermore,
  39. the position paper demands that educational institutions should consider the
  40. compatibility with Free Software already during the development or extension of
  41. their IT infrastructures. By this it envisions to have “all educational
  42. resources usable without any legal or technical barriers”.</p>
  43. <p>If you want to know more about what happened in the education field
  44. connected with Free Software, read <a
  45. href="">the
  46. January Education team report</a>.</p>
  47. <h2>What happened on the “I love Free Software” day?</h2>
  48. <p>On 14 February 2015 people all over the world showed Free Software
  49. contributors their appreciation. It was the fifth year we asked people to
  50. participate in the “I Love Free Software” day. <a
  51. href="/news/2015/news-20150303-01.html">This year's report shows a variety of
  52. love declarations that happened this day</a>, including blog posts, pictures,
  53. comics, poems, and an #ilovefs Android library.</p>
  54. <p>We want to thank everybody who motivated Free Software contributors at this
  55. year's “I love Free Software” day, and ask everybody to mark 14 February in
  56. their calendars to motivate the people who enable us to control our
  57. technology.</p>
  58. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  59. <ul>
  60. <li>Hannes Hauswedell from the German team wrote an update about the situation
  61. with secure texting. The last months Hannes and others wanted to improve the
  62. situation with Textsecure, which unfortunately did not work out until now. So
  63. Hannes changed his mind and is now <a
  64. href="">recommending
  65. kontalk</a>.</li>
  66. <li>Fellow Cory Doctorow wrote an article in the Guardian imagining how it
  67. would look like <a
  68. href="">“If
  69. dishwashers were iPhones”</a>.</li>
  70. <li>Christian Kalkhoff <a href="">reported
  71. from FSFE's Munich group meeting in January</a>. To find upcoming local
  72. meetings close to you, please have a look at <a
  73. href="/events/events.html">our event page</a>.</li>
  74. <li>The Fellowship election for one of the seats in FSFE's General Assembly is
  75. running until 6 March 2015. All sustaining members should have received the
  76. voting instructions to decide between <a
  77. href="">Nicolas Dietrich, Max
  78. Mehl, and Felix Stegerman</a>. So if you have not yet voted, do it now!</li>
  79. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>:</li>
  80. <ul>
  81. <li>After there have been plenty of reports of Lenovo shipping products with a
  82. form of adware known as Superfish, <a
  83. href="">Paul Boddie asks what Lenovo's
  84. reasoning was</a>, and from whom they want their money in future.</li>
  85. <li>Max Mehl has been asked by a friend why he is “investing so much time in
  86. the FSFE instead of putting more energy in other organisations with more focus
  87. on privacy issues.” <a
  88. href="">In his blog
  89. post</a>, he answers that question.</li>
  90. <li><a
  91. href="">Mirko
  92. Böhm summarised his last weeks</a> including what he worked on with his
  93. students, about amendments to Julia Reda's report, software patents, and Qt
  94. programming.</li>
  95. <li>Daniel Pocock wrote about the <a
  96. href="">3rd birthday of
  97. Lumicall</a>.</li>
  98. <li>Christian Kallhoff reports from <a
  99. href="">his experience to fix a bug in
  100. Free Software</a>.</li>
  101. <li>Nico Rikken wrote about <a
  102. href="">understanding software
  103. and why it is not magic</a>, and about <a
  104. href="">the freedom Ubuntu
  105. phone offers</a>.</li>
  106. </ul>
  107. </ul>
  108. <h2>Get active: Be a part of Document Freedom Day 2015!</h2>
  109. <p>Every year since 2008, people who care about a free information society
  110. celebrate <a href="">Document Freedom Day</a> to
  111. raise awareness of Open Standards. This year again people around the world come
  112. together on 25 March to talk about access to communications, run local public
  113. activities, and generally spread the word about Open Standards in a dozen
  114. different ways.</p>
  115. <p>We are offering promotion materials in many languages, and artwork you can
  116. remix, share and improve to publicise your own event. If you are running a
  117. local event, we may be able to offer funding of your local activities or your
  118. local print runs - thanks to DFD's sponsors. To get inspired, take a look at <a
  119. href="">what other
  120. groups from Mexico to Japan did last year</a>.</p>
  121. <p><a href="">Participate in DFD
  122. 2015!</a></p>
  123. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  124. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  125. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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