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FSF has just released an article which points to the two significant launches that are happening today, June 29, the launch of Apple's iPhone and FSF's GPLv3 (which will happen, along with a live stream of Richard Stallman's announcement at noon EDT, 4 PM UTC or 6 PM CEST) asserting that Mac OS X running within iPhone might contain GPLed code. If iPhone contains DRM which disallows modifications of software that is running on it and yet contains code which may be under the GPLv3, Apple may be in violation.

This article reminds of the early days of libervis. To correct for the fact it was written by an anarchist, one might replace "capitalism" by "capitalism gone bad". Read more...

Eben Moglen is one of the most significant role players in the Free Software movement. As a speaker he knows how to touch people while explaining even the seemingly most complex issues in a way a child could understand.'s Joe Barr did an interview with him on a recent Red Hat Summit and released a series of videos of it. You can find the last one here along with the links to the others. They are all in an ogg format.

I have included this series in our feature compilation of inspiring videos on Free Digital Culture with a few quotes. It's really worth a watch.

Free Software appears to have been a big part of the's National Conference 2007 and has brought fort some interesting conclusions which can in more detail be observed here. A first item on the list of ideas that came out of the meeting on Free Software states that "Free Culture cannot exist without Free Software" and that "having works of art locked up with proprietary tools is no way to promote sharing". This is exactly what we have been writing about quite a while ago on It is good to see these ideas finally openly acknowledged.

Sun Microsystems Inc. increasingly looks like a prototype of what Microsoft could become, although we might say roughly the same thing for IBM except that it was in a different time and a different game.

Sun's own CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, has written a blog entry in which he makes some very crucial points about the direction that software industry should be taking. Comparing it to the newspapers industry this is what he said:


Now, traditional media could certainly take another tack. They could sue the new/technology media companies, claim they're stealing readers by violating patents held by traditional media. Imagine, "We patented text in columns! Classified ads in boxes! Captions on pictures! Headlines in large type!" But they'd be suing the community - the moral equivalent of suing subscribers - stepping over the line of editor, into the role of censor. And censoring free media is a particularly awkward plea for those that believe in freedom of the press