Help EFF stop copyright bullyies intimidating children

Are you looking for a good cause to donate to? Introducing a new program ofthe Electronic Frontier Foundation to counterbalance the intimidating tactics used by the copyright bullies, like MPAA and RIAA. The bullies go to schools spreading their perception that copying is bad for society: their vision is one where kids that help each other sharing information are criminals. EFF, instead,

knows that the creators and innovators of tomorrow don’t need more intimidation. They need solid, accurate information to make smart choices about how to use new technologies. That’s why EFF launced the free, Creative Commons-licensed “Teaching Copyright” curriculum and website to help educators explore copyright issues in their classrooms.

via Electronic Frontier Foundation:.

Moodle ripped off, should switch to Affero GPLv3

Roberto reports about the Lazio e-Citizen project chose Moodle to deliver courses to educate elderly citizens (age 60 and more) to use computers and Internet, but they don’t say that openly.’  I found it offensive, that AICA and all the other groups involved in the project failed not only to give credit to the Moodle project, but they also created artificial requirements for the solution’  making it look like the training lessons need Windows 2000 or later versions and for the browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or superior.’  Goodbye browser interoperability, farewell Moodle’s effort to be platform independent.

It’s annoying to realize that Moodle was exploited so radically, it feels like a rip off. To give credit to the developers of the Free Software you use to deliver your services is the least you can and should do.’  You should also contribute back your changes and learn to be a good citizen in the digital world, where freedom must be preserved.’  I think the Affero GPLv3 is a better license for Moodle and other web based software as the best way to protect their asset from such rip off. Funambol wisely chose it immediately and more projects are using it, too.’  Credibility and reputation are between the most important assets for Free Software developers and they should be guarded properly.

Probably, even if Moodle used the AGPLv3, it may have not prevented the Lazio eCitizen project from hiding it under the hood but at least it may have forced them to release back their changes. I suspect we will see more of these misguided/misinformed uses of Free Software in the future. We should get the best legal protection and get ready to educate people to behave correctly.

Evento: Copyleft, Open Source, innovazione e creatività  alla Sapienza

Domani, 18 Marzo alla Facoltà  di Scienze della Comunicazione della Sapienza di Roma ci sarà  un incontro sul tema della creatività  nell’era di Internet che affronterà  le tematiche del software libero e delle licenze libere per i contenuti creativi.

Durante l’incontro verrà  presentato il film* “La Repubblica del Software”, Free, Open Source Software nella Pubblica Amministrazione italiana con interviste a Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, Renzo Davoli, Salvatore Tucci, Wikimedia, Pietro Folena, Vincenzo Vita, Flavia Marzano, Hacklab Cosenza, Erica Litrenta, Vittorio Pagani.

Verranno inoltre presentate le iniziative:

– Co.Pi.Da., l’osservatorio della Facoltà  di Sc. della Comunicazione sul diritto d’autore e le nuove tecnologie

– Liberius, lo sportello legale gratuito della Facoltà  di Sc. della Comunicazione di assistenza alla creatività  digitale < http://liberius.org>

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Give the GNU GPL an ‘A’, as in Affero

The GNU Affero General Public License v3 is now officially an ‘open source’ license, approved by the Open Source Initiative.

Funambol started the approval process of the best license available to protect copyleft, and business based on it, from predatory practices. Fabrizio (Funambol’s CEO) celebrates the sweet victory on his blog mentioning the ‘strange’ coincidence of Google caring only for GPL. For Google the ASP loophole is the key to their business, while they don’t like the A of Affero.

It’s a good day for all the companies that use the AGPLv3. I found some like Wavemaker, OSSDiscovery, Colosa and I wish Palamida started tracking AGPLv3 adoption too (Update: Blackduck Software already tracks AGPLv3 adoption). Here Funambol’s full press release with quote from Wavemaker’s CEO and Eben Moglen.

Update (thanks to Andi Zink):’  Doug Levin’s post contains more software licensed under AGPL.