11.02.20

The Software Freedom Conservancy Needs to Resign From Microsoft Before Telling Microsoft to Resign From RIAA

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Microsoft at 4:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Software Freedom Conservancy on RIAA

Summary: The Software Freedom Conservancy, funded by some enemies of copyleft, is trying to lecture Microsoft (which pays the Software Freedom Conservancy) on morality and choices of where to funnel money

THE amount and/or the frequency of back-stabbing in the Free software community is astounding. Some of that isn’t even “community” but corporate-funded pseudo-community, which is what the Software Freedom Conservancy seems to have become (detrimental to the real community).

“Salesforce is to “community” what Microsoft is to law. It breaks it.”Months ago the person from the Software Freedom Conservancy who had raised money from Microsoft for two years became the GM of the OSI, alongside Salesforce employee as OSI President. And yes, that GM had also brought Salesforce money to the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Salesforce is to “community” what Microsoft is to law. It breaks it.

Salesforce staff is attacking Stallman, trying to gut the FSF whilst also publicly bashing copyleft and developing in Microsoft’s proprietary fortress, calling that “open”. All this while paying SFC to infiltrate something called “copyleft” conference and taking over OSI (from which to serve Microsoft and GitHub monopolisation). Like GitHub, they're working with and for ICE.

The Software Freedom Conservancy lacks legitimacy because it’s funded to amplify enemies of copyleft — the very thing it claims to be guarding. They took Microsoft money to sell them keynotes in a conference named after what Microsoft is attacking (copyleft). That’s how ridiculous things became before and after they also issued a press release attacking Stallman, who had authored or ‘invented’ copyleft.

A few days ago Denver Gingerich wrote for the Software Freedom Conservancy: “This is an important opportunity for Microsoft to stand up for the values of software freedom.”

What?

Are you drunk?

Microsoft actively attacks software freedom. This is why it bought GitHub. Yes, GitHub is an attack on software freedom and it’s not hard to see how (and why).

“If you work at Microsoft (including for its GitHub subsidiary),” he said, “we call on you to petition your employer to resign immediately from the RIAA. We suggest that you raise these concerns directly with your manager or other management, or (even better) by starting an internal email petition with other employees.”

So you tell Microsoft employees that their employer does bad things whilst at the same time raising money from Microsoft?

Unbelievable.

Sam Varghese took note of it today. He wrote:

The Software Freedom Conservancy, an organisation that helps promote, develop, improve and defend free and open source software, has asked Microsoft to resign from the Recording Industry Association of America after the RIAA forced the takedown of youtube-dl, a popular command-line script that can be used to download videos from YouTube and many other videos from the Internet, from GitHub, a code repository owned by Microsoft.

Microsoft already chose RIAA, as we noted in this meme.

For the Software Freedom Conservancy to claim some sort of moral authority while pocketing Microsoft money (to help Microsoft’s agenda) takes some nerve. Sort out your own issues first.

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