On January 13th, 2020, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) filed a brief amicus curiae in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. before the United States Supreme Court. In its brief, SFLC argues (1) that the Federal Circuit erred in reversing the District Court’s determination that a reasonable jury could find Google’s use of Java in Android was a fair use; (2) that the Supreme Court should ensure the Federal Circuit’s decision that APIs are copyrightable does not establish precedent; and (3) that the Federal Circuit is bound to follow the precedent of the regional courts of appeals on questions of copyright law.
The brief is available to download as a pdf.
On Saturday, November 16th, the Software Freedom Law Center co-hosted a hackathon with the FreedomBox Foundation to commemorate the upcoming ten-year anniversary of the FreedomBox project’s founding. At the hackathon, Eben Moglen delivered a speech in which he reflected on the past ten years of FreedomBox and the project’s future.
We are pleased to announce that video recordings of our 2019 Fall Conference are now available in several formats. At this year’s fall conference, leaders from community and industry joined us in New York to discuss the pressing issues of the day, from Cambridge Analytica and the regulation of social media companies to software distribution and the limits of copyright. This year, we also welcomed a diverse panel for a discussion about FOSS in Asia.
In a few short weeks, the Software Freedom Law Center will welcome guests to our 15th Anniversary Fall Conference cohosted by Columbia Law School on Friday, November 1st, 2019. We are pleased to announce our conference program, which may be updated in the coming weeks. SFLC’s free annual conference explores the current legal issues surrounding free and open source software (FOSS). As in previous years, our conference will be attended by counsel, developers, enterprise users, and other members of FOSS communities.
The Software Freedom Law Center is pleased to announce our 15th Anniversary Fall Conference cohosted by Columbia Law School, which will take place on Friday, November 1st, 2019. We will bring together lawyers, developers, enterprise users, and other members of free and open source software (FOSS) communities to join us in exploring legal issues surrounding FOSS.