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Everyone wants to know how developers working for companies can assure ethical behavior by their employer. @conservancy's Executive Director, @o0karen0o, proposes handling this problem in employment contracts, as part of our Contract Patch initiative: sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/de

Have you been wondering what these exemptions are all about and why organizations, including @conservancy, apply for them on the public's behalf? Conservancy Policy Fellow, Bradley M. Kuhn, wrote a brief summary of 17 USC §1201 (i.e., DMCA) & its temporary exemption process: sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/de

Conservancy filed yesterday three Long Form comments for our exemption requests: sfconservancy.org/news/2020/de 1st exemption is for license violation investigation. 2nd for installing FOSS firmwares on wireless routers. 3rd for increase circumvention rights for privacy research

Is your old Conservancy t-shirt worn out? Do you want to get one of the last old-style vintage t-shirts so you can look old school Conservancy? We have just a few left, available to $512 or more donors. Join now at that level to get one! Details at: sfconservancy.org/supporter/#V

Our weekly chat on irc.freenode.net on is at the top of the hour at 19:00 UTC! We're asking anyone who has ideas on making our fundraising match this year to come share them! We'll also give a preview of fun fundraising activities coming up in the next month!

We are excited to announce our newest employee: Sage Sharp! Sharp joins Conservancy as our Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion and will focus on our member project. More details here: sfconservancy.org/news/2021/de

It's & we know that many charities are asking for your support on this day. We know it's a tough decision to select among so many good causes, but we hope you'll consider us in your giving plans. Here's a summary of our 2020 accomplishments: sfconservancy.org/supporter/

We launched a public drafting process for the DMCA Cooperation Pledge — wherein copyright holders promise to wait 30 days before issuing DMCA takedowns against legitimate FOSS projects (ala GPLv3§8¶3). All policy wonks welcome to our transparent process! sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/no

We realize 🦃,🍗(or, for vegan/vegetarian folks like our Policy Fellow bkuhn, 🥗) & 🥧 may have our USA colleagues distracted today. If you're elsewhere in world or just taking a break from 👩‍🍳 duty, join our irc.freenode.net weekly chat in 10 minutes!

We’ve been challenged by a group of amazing individuals to raise a total of $111,029 during our annual fundraiser. Help us get there & have your donation doubled! Please renew or begin your Conservancy support today!

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ICYMI: Late last week, processed another §1201 takedown of a project; we made a proposal for change about how enforcement gets done in sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/no … We hope to see this story widely discussed, as DMCA attacks continue.

Our Policy Fellow, Bradley M. Kuhn, makes a modest proposal to begin bilateral copyright powers disarmament in the wake of -related §1201 takedown aggression from & via in the last two weeks:
sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/no

Wow! sfconservancy.org/news/2020/no

@conservancy Software Freedom Conservancy, one of the most important organizations in #FLOSS #opensource #freesoftware , is hiring a full-time employee. Remote, not limited to the United States. Really interesting, flexible job description.

Amazing team, critical mission. In an alternate universe where I was putting my consulting on hiatus and looking for a full-time job, I would be applying for this RIGHT NOW. Check it out & boost!

A highlight in election week: Massachusetts passed a measure! Denver shares his thoughts and the email we sent to The MA Attorney General's office with advice for the implementation.

sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/no

Our weekly "stay in touch during COVID" IRC chat is in one hour — 18:00 UTC. We're going to discuss the difficult situation that DMCA technical measure restrictions creates for , such as the youtube-dl situation in the last week. Join on irc.freenode.net

You probably heard @RIAA used to get @microsoft's @GitHub to remove youtube-dl, but did you know Microsoft funds RIAA as a member? We call on Microsoft (& any organizations who purports to support ) to resign from RIAA in protest.
sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/oc

Conservancy is excited to announce we've received a grant from ARDC to pursue a new compliance strategy to help people take more control over our devices. sfconservancy.org/news/2020/oc

MicroBlocks just released their 1.0 beta! Now's a great time to try out this fun blocks programming language. Congratulations to the team! MicroBlocks.fun/

Join us for our weekly chat on freenode.net this Thursday 2pm Eastern/6pm UTC! This week we'll discuss the w/@mdb@kith.kitchen and our own @o0karen0o.

You can read their draft at techautonomy.org/ , watch their talk from debconf: debconf20.debconf.org/talks/97 ,and interview with @FLOSSWeekly: twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/epi

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