[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm
press at fsfeurope.org
Tue Jan 23 12:02:38 CET 2007
FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project
The OpenSwarm Project has become a signatory of the Fiduciary
licence Agreement (FLA), a copyright assignment that allows FSFE
to become the legal guardian of projects.
Anastasios Hatzis, the developer behind the OpenSwarm model-driven
development platform for Python applications, lead the process of
assigning copyright to FSFE. "My company - HATZIS Edelstahlbearbeitung
GmbH - wanted to foster a development community around the OpenSwarm
technology while also underwriting our commitment to Free Software,"
said Anastasios. "The FLA has provided us with an excellent way to
ensure code coherency and a framework for long-term development."
The OpenSwarm Project will be protected by FSFE's Freedom Task Force
(FTF). Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, explains "The Freedom Task
Force is here to help strengthen the legal foundation of the Free
Software eco-system. The Fiduciary licence Agreement is part of this.
It provides a clear way for projects to consolidate their copyright.
In the case of OpenSwarm, FSFE is acting a legal guardian for the
project and ensuring that the developers can focus on maturing an
exciting development platform."
"FSFE is committed to help increase the maturity of the Free Software
community, including the legal maintainability of Free Software in the
long-term," explains FSFE president Georg Greve. He adds: "The FTF has
a specific part to play in this and we would like to thank Stichting
NLnet for their support in its launch and initial activities. We hope
other groups will also lend support."
Shane Coughlan summarises "the FTF mission to help educate
individuals, projects and businesses in the advantages of Free Software
licences, and to help the use of Free Software licences through
fiduciary assignment and legal guardianship. The Bacula project was
the first to avail of our fiduciary programme, and OpenSwarm underlines
the continued developer interest in this service."
The Freedom Task Force can be found at http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf
The Freedom Task Force can be emailed at ftf at fsfeurope.org
About the OpenSwarm Project:
Development of OpenSwarm has been started at the HATZIS
Edelstahlbearbeitung GmbH. HATZIS is a family-owned and med-sized
steel-engineering company in Bavaria, Germany, which provides to
more than 300 companies construction and production services for
highest quality components made of stainless steel.
OpenSwarm is planned to be a holistic set of model-driven software
development tools focused on the easy creation of powerful and
business logic enriched applications in the field of Web- and
data-centric solutions for industry, public sector and non-profit
organisations. The generated software systems are implemented in
Python and data is stored in PostgreSQL databases, so they can be
hosted on almost any platform.
Further information: http://openswarm.sourceforge.net/
About the Free Software Foundation Europe:
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation
in the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
central issues of the FSFE.
Free Software Foundation Europe
Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57
Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66
UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7
Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73
Shane Coughlan, FTF Co-ordinator, FSFE extension: 408
Joachim Jakobs, Media Relations, FSFE extension: 404
Further information: http://fsfeurope.org
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