Joachim Jakobs jj at office.fsfeurope.org
Tue Jun 13 12:23:32 CEST 2006


             BARCELONA, CATALONIA - SPAIN, JUNE 22nd & 23rd

 Marking the half-way point of the year-long public consultation process for
 redrafting Free Software's cornerstone licence, the third international
 GPLv3 conference will host experts from Europe and from around the world.

 The venue, in the heart of the city, is the Centre de Cultura Contemporània
  de Barcelona (CCCB).  There, during the two days of this event, there will
  be presentations from experts including Richard Stallman, president of
 FSF, Eben Moglen, chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, Georg Greve,
 president of FSF Europe and Harald Welte, founder of gpl-violations.org.

 By far the most widely used Free Software licence, the GNU General Public
 License (aka, "the GPL") ensures that everyone who receives GPL'd software
 is able to use it as they wish, to modify to fit their needs, and to
 distribute modified or unmodified copies.

 "People sometimes have the feeling that GNU GPL has been around forever,
 and they would not be entirely wrong. Published in 1991, the GNU GPL has
 proven to be exceptionally successful throughout the past fifteen years,"
 says Greve. "With such an exceptional success, one will change as little as
 possible. But there are changes in the legal and technical environment, as
 well as the position of Free Software and its community, that made some
 changes advisable. The process to update the licence is aiming at a global
 GPLv3 drafting team, and everyone is invited to participate: Joining the
 conferences is one of the best ways of doing so."

 Harald Welte emphasises the threat caused by Digital Restriction Management
 (DRM) to Free Software: "It has always been clear that using DRM to
 restrict users is in conflict with the spirit of the GPL.  As a copyright
 holder of some GPL'd software, I have already successfully enforced this
 out of court with GPL version two.  The new DRM language proposed for GPLv3
 is more solid and will make this enforcement easier.  When enforcement is
 easy, people are less likely to violate the licence in the first place, so
 the Free Software can continue to focus on software development rather than
 policing licence violations."

 All presentations will be made in English, with the only exception of one
 which will be in Spanish.  Translation to Spanish will be provided for the
 entire conference, and translation to English will be provided for the
 Spanish talk.

 There is no fee for the conference, but registration is required to
 guarantee a place.  Attendees are asked to email

 oriordan at fsfeurope.org

 with "GPLv3 registration" in the subject of the email.

 The Conference's schedule and further information will be published
 soon at http://fsfeurope.org/projects/gplv3/europe-gplv3-conference

 About the Free Software Foundation Europe

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable
    non-governmental organisation dedicated to all aspects of Free
    Software in Europe. Access to software determines who may participate
    in a digital society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and
    redistribute software - as described in the Free Software definition -
    allow equal participation in the information age. Creating awareness
    of these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and
    giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
    central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the
    European sister organisation of the Free Software Foundation in the
    United States.


 Joachim Jakobs <jj at office.fsfeurope.org
 Media Relations - FSF Europe (http://fsfeurope.org)
 Tel: +49 700 - 373387673, Ext.: 4004
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