We prepared a white paper for the #EuropeanCommission containing recommendations about #OpenHardware as encouraged last November:

wiki.f-si.org/index.php/White_

Please discuss it or endorse it by replying to this thread.
The paper will be delivered on January 31.

A first draft was shared in December with:

* april.org @aprilorg
* fsfe.org @fsfe
* fsf.org @fsf
* Aral Balkan @aral
* waag.org @waag
* sfconservancy.org @conservancy
* gpl-violations.org
* commonsnetwork.eu

@fsi This is an important, timely, and well phrased report and the framing of temporarily-open licenses vs forever-open licenses is brilliant.

PS. @conservancy is funded by Google (sfconservancy.org/sponsors/) and I protest at my name being included in a list that includes them. If you’re happy taking money from surveillance capitalists like Google, we have nothing in common.

@aral

We were not aware that @conservancy is financed by Google. Thanks for pointing this out!

The choice of including the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) in the paper was inspired by the role of Bradley M. Kuhn in the creation of the Affero GPL (sfconservancy.org/blog/?author).

Since an involvement of Google conflicts with our standards (as stated in our statute wiki.f-si.org/index.php/F-Si_S), we have removed the SFC from the white paper. Anyhow, they have not provided any feedback to it.

@fsi @aral @conservancy Fucking hell. I didn't donate to FSF or GNU because Stallman, so instead donated to SFC, and now it turns out they're a Google front org? Just lovely. There's nobody left to donate to.

@bamfic @aral @fsi @conservancy Whoa, hold on there. I fully agree that taking money from Google creates a conflict of interest, but even taking large sums from them is very different from being a front for Google.

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