Groklaw shutting down.

groklaw

Today is a sad day for the world of Information Technology and the cause of software freedom. PJ just announced she’ll be shutting down Groklaw.

It’s hard to overestimate the role that Groklaw has played in the past years. Many of us, myself included, have worked with Groklaw over the years. I still take pride [...]

Oral intervention by FSFE to CDIP/3

[ PDF version ]

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE (FSFE)

STATEMENT TO THE 3rd SESSION OF THE

COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP/3)

(Geneva, 27 April – 1 May 2009)

Mr Chairman,

On behalf [...]

FSFE’s written submission to WIPO CDIP/3

[PDF version]

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE (FSFE)

STATEMENT TO THE 3rd SESSION OF THE

COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP/3)

(Geneva, 27 April – 1 May 2009)

Mr Chairman,

On behalf of [...]

Considerations on Innovation and Competition Policy

[PDF version,  paper providing input to the workshop "Technical Regulation of the Internet : From Standardization to Behavorial and Societal Norms" ]

– by Georg C. F. Greve

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)

Innovation is the process of applying new ideas for the [...]

Why the Commission is doing the right thing on antitrust

Previously on “European Commission Antitrust”…

Free Software Foundation Europe has been supporting the European Commission’s DG Competition in its antitrust work since 2001, when it first offered its expertise to the former Competition Commissioner Mario Monti. In 2003 it brought the Samba team to the table, and our cooperation was able to provide the Commission [...]

Groklaw article: Microsoft, antitrust and innovation

[http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070923170905803]

Microsoft, antitrust and innovation – by Georg C. F. Greve

If one were to believe Microsoft, antitrust law is for sore losers who are too lazy to innovate, and the decision of the European Court of Justice against Microsoft was to the detriment of consumers around the world. One might even [...]

So this is what hit Microsoft…

The past two months have been interesting in the Chinese sense. A primary culprit of that was Microsoft’s failed attempt to push their proprietary MS-OOXML format through ISO. But there were also talks and meetings with ministers (see [1][2]) to promote Free Software in Chile, the SELF board meeting in Argentina, review meeting in Brussels, [...]

Why criticise OpenXML now?

Some people raised the question why I have chosen to become verbal about OpenXML and Novell’s activities to include support for it in OpenOffice.org, and whether this has to do with the MS/Novell deal and the related public outcry. The answer is no.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is not against Novell, we’re not [...]

Piracy redefined, and other gems from Helsinki

End of last week I found myself at a seminar of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) in Helsinki, Finland. The seminar was titled "IPR Protection of Software: Copyright, Patent and/or Open Source?" and sponsors were in particular Microsoft and Nokia. Given my experience with the SERCI web site when using Free [...]

Antitrust hearing, day 4 and 5: bringing out brass knuckles

Normally one might have used the phrase “the gloves are coming off” to describe the what happened on the last two days in court, but that would have implied the gloves were somehow on the days before. So it is probably better described as: putting on the brass knuckles.

The morning of day four started [...]