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The first live podcast of Free as in Freedom, hosted at SeaGL

2019 in November 2019. Hear questions from the studio audience and

answers from Bradley and Karen.

Show Notes:

Segment 0 (00:38)

Producer Dan speaks on mic to introduce that this is a live show.

Segment 1 (01:17)

  • This is a live show from SeaGL 2019, a

    community-organized FaiP


Carol Smith from Microsoft asked about being a charity in the USA

under recent tax changes regarding tax deduction and, and asked about Conservancy's

annual fundraiser which had completed by the time this show

was released. (04:53)

Deb took a photo during the show (07:30)

A questioner asked about the so-called “ethical but-non-FOSS

licenses”. Bradley gave an answer that is supplemented well by

this blog post (10:15) and Karen mentioned at CopyleftConf

2020 there was a discussion about this. (15:15) The follow up question

was also related to these topics (15:44).

Eric Hopper asked about how Conservancy decides when a project joins,

and what factors Conservancy considers in projects joining (18:14)

A written questioner asked how to handle schools requiring proprietary

software as part of their coursework. (22:00)

Michael Dexter asked about Karen's teaching at Columbia Law

School. (27:25)

A written questioner asked about copyleft-next's

sunset clause

. (29:22) Karen mentioned “Copyleft, All wrongs

reversed” as it appeared on n June 1976 on Tiny BASIC

, which

inspired the term copyleft to mean what it does today. (30:45)

Karen spoke about the issues of copyright and trademark regarding

Disney, that is supplemented by

this blog post. (32:52)

Carol Smith asked what Karen and Bradley thought were Conservancy's

and/or FOSS' biggest achievements in the last decade. (35:20) Karen

mentioned Outreachy was a major

success. (37:08)

A questioner asked about using the CASE Act to help in GPL

enforcement. Bradley discussed how it might ultimately introduce problems

similar to arbitration

clauses. (41:42) Since the podcast was recorded, the CASE Act has

also passed the Senate, but does not seem to have been signed by the

President. (47:30)

Bradley noted that Mako Hill has pointed out that FOSS

has not been involved in lobbying enough

. (48:10)

A questioner in the audience asked about the Mozilla Corporation

structure would allow Mozilla to do lobbying for FOSS. (50:57) Karen

explained the Mozilla corporate legal structure (51:35).

A questioner in the audience asked about Mako

Hill's keynote

and how individuals can help further the cause of software

freedom. (54:53)

Michael Dexter asked if software patents are still as much of a threat as

they once were. (1:01:30)

Carol asked about the supreme court hearing the Oracle v. Google case


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Free as in Freedom is produced by Dan Lynch



music written and performed

by Mike Tarantino

with Charlie Paxson on drums.

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