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(3/5) … Our Outreachy & Institute for Computing in Research projects had two groups of interns, providing opportunities for over 150 people to contribute to FOSS projects! We are finding, mentoring and training the next generation of FOSS maintainers!

Our Godot project had 2 huge releases this year. With large changes to GUI and usability, funding 8 full-time and 2 part-time developers that we distributed this year not only sustained the Godot project, but helped it thrive and grow.

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(2/5) … That's right: we've paid over US$1.5 million in each of 2020 & 2021 directly to developers for software development work on FOSS! We've handled funding of over US$3million in direct project funding during the pandemic! Some highlights follow — they're a few things among the US$1,515,403 of direct project funding that's already occurred in 2021: …

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(1/5) We've raised, administered, and/or facilitated US$1.7 million for our member projects this year. This fact deserves attention at a time when folks are talking extensively about the importance of funding FOSS maintainers. Funding essential software development is a big part of what we do! …

We're about a third of the way to our fundraising goal this year! Know a few friends who care about ethical tech? Let them know about our work. You can find a summary of our work and year in review here:

(4/4) “… Conservancy is an efficient org—w/ 6 employees we fight for your rights under ,help dozens of member projects w/their fiscal requirements & promote diversity and inclusion initiatives in free software. But we also need your help now” —

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(3/4) “… Conservancy is the only organization enforcing for . I was happy to return from my parental leave just as we launched our lawsuit against — a perennial GPL violator. Lawsuits like this (and the follow-on work after lawsuits conclude to make good use of the code we receive) are a key way for us to retake control of our devices, allowing us to repair and improve them as we like …

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(2/4) “… I try to to make [that code] build, or determine whether it corresponds to the recompiled code in the products [these companies] ship to people…I was on parental leave during some of 2021. Having a child made software freedom a more urgent cause for me. Will my child be able to control technology they use? I don't have the answers to that [& similar] questions. But what @conservancy does improve [these things] …

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(1/4) Yesterday, our Sustainers received a wonderful email from about his work at Software Freedom Conservancy. Here are some highlights: “I spend most of my Conservancy time ‘in the weeds’ — analyzing specific technical details of source code [from companies's products]…

Over the next few months we must draw on the goodwill of our community — that's people like you! We've already matched over a quarter of the $159,191 our donors graciously put up Star-struck. Follow along with the progress of our fundraiser:

👀 … if just 1,000 people renew/become a new Sustainer (at the very reasonable level of just $120/year), we meet the match target — that will instantly double all your donations!

If you didn't donate yet this season ,help us bring and other violators to compliance, and support projects as well!

We're about a quarter of the way to our match! So grateful for the awesome people getting us there, whether $5 or $10 donations, or orders of magnitude greater! If you haven't donated, maybe take a minute to become a Sustainer or just throw in a little to help close the gap?

For , we share with you an update on the lawsuit regarding 's ongoing GPL violations:
Vizio's strategy is to deny consumers their rights under the and !

Please donate now to support our work:

We've administered or funded over $1.7 million of free software development, ranging from polishing UX in @godotengine to @ReproBuilds distributing free tools to make software reproducibility easier for all. We sustain maintainers!

We helped grow @Outreachy to its largest number of interns (133 this year — a 27% increase!). Much thanks to our sustainers and incredible community.

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Advocating in the US for DMCA exemptions and clarifications Enables projects like @OpenWrt [FIXME confirm that's their account] to grow its userbase. Now that you can jailbreak your router firmware with free software legally, — thanks to us!

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Our current lawsuit against Vizio: which is part of our active, public-facing license compliance. This work is more important than ever as companies erode our right to repair.

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Your direct, continued support enables us to do the important work. Here are some highlights from the past year that have been made possible by our sustainers:

So far in this first week of our annual fundraiser, 67 different Sustainers have contributed more than US$22,000 toward the generous match challenge by some of our long-time contributors. Help answer their call and become a Sustainer this weekend:

An anonymous donor passed along: “I support @conservancy
because they have vision & drive to achieve that vision. Their leadership on inclusion and on standing up for , among other things, are sorely needed for the success of the movement both today and in the future.”

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Happy ! We are thrilled to announce our annual fundraiser along with our largest match drive yet! Through sponsors large and small we need to match $159,191 this season to continue our work in 2022!

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