Changes in FSFE: Time to pass on the torch

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) was conceived in early 2000, pregnancy took about a year, and in early 2001 my decision to make the creation and success of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) my first and foremost priority in life was clear. This was eight years, six months, and a couple of days ago, and [...]

It’s time for the community to take charge of its brand

There are a couple of “beginner’s mistakes” when thinking about Free Software in general and its commercial application, in particular. One is to believe there was a substantial difference in the software referred to by the terms “Free Software” and “Open Source.” There isn’t. As far as the actual software is concerned, both [...]

FSFLA liberates tax declaration in Brazil

As featured in my March entry “When governments mandate proprietary software,” Brazil had mandated that all citizens file their tax declaration with a proprietary program distributed by the government.

Alexandre Oliva of FSFLA, FSFE‘s sister organisation in Latin America, reverse engineered that software and created a Free Software implementation, which he successfully used to file [...]

Back from GPLv3 conference in Tokyo, Japan

Today is my first day back in office after the GPLv3 conference in Tokyo, Japan. Great thanks and compliments go to the Free Software Initiative Japan (FSIJ) for organising such a professional and interesting conference in Akihabara, where dead geeks reincarnate.

If you are interested in more information, all the presentations are available in PDF [...]

Back from Day against DRM Protest in Zürich

An exciting day is coming to an end now. You can read a short account of our Day against DRM protest in downtown Zürich on my other blog on, so I won’t repeat the same story here, but I will include the link to some very nice pictures.

The FSFE Zürich Crew was very [...]

DAY AGAINST DRM: Launch of, the DRM awareness portal

To describe the past weeks running up on 3 October as hectic would be a major understatement. Within very short time, a group of dedicated FSFE people put together a collaborative effort among digital liberty, new media, consumer protection and library organisations, as well as independent authors such as Cory Doctorow and set up a [...]

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 [...]

Freedom Day at the Free Software Forum

Today is day three of the Free Software Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which is undoubtedly one of the best Free Software conferences on this planet — and a very busy time for everyone present. Besides many meetings and discussions with various people from business and community, pro-freedom activism and presentations are easily filling the [...]

Debian: GNU FDL without invariant sections is Free

Ever since it was first released there was a very controversial discussion about the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) by some people of the Debian Project. The escalation did not end before some people repeatedly asked to remove all DFSG licensed documentation from Debian, a step that would leave Debian rather poor in documentation and [...]

Meeting of FSFE’s Spanish Team in Miraflores de la Sierra

Thanks to snow chaos in Munich, I spent most of yesterday on planes and airports to finally get to the beautiful Spanish town Miraflores de la Sierra, home of FSFE’s Spanish associate organisation, the Free Knowledge Foundation (FKF) who organised today’s open meeting of the Spanish Team of the FSFE.

The meeting was organised and [...]