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FSF Job Opportunity: Copyright and Licensing Associate

Mon, 09/07/2018 - 21:38

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a motivated and talented Boston-based individual to be our full-time Copyright and Licensing Associate.

This position, reporting to the executive director, works as part of our licensing and compliance team to protect and promote the use of freely licensed works of software and documentation. For over twenty years, the FSF's Licensing and Compliance Lab has been the preeminent community resource for information about free licensing. From enforcement of the GNU General Public License, to certifying software and devices as fully free, to the writing and distribution of licensing-related educational materials, the team does work vital for the free software movement.

For this position, we are looking for a strong writer who is familiar with free software copyright licenses, and understands the basics of how software is written, compiled, and distributed. Neither a legal nor computer science education is required, but both would be a plus. Ideal candidates will also have experience with administrative tasks and record keeping.

Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • diligent and careful filing, archiving, and recording of all the FSF's copyright assignment data (both electronic and paper),

  • daily correspondence with GNU and other free software developers from around the world,

  • reviewing hardware devices for our Respects Your Freedom certification program,

  • investigating violations of free licenses on FSF-copyrighted works,

  • public speaking as an FSF representative,

  • writing articles and materials on licensing-related issues and news,

  • helping to organize and facilitate educational licensing events both online and in-person,

  • working with volunteers and mentoring interns, and

  • pitching in to help with organization-wide projects, like our major fundraising activities and the annual LibrePlanet conference.

Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. With our small staff of thirteen, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston. The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings.

Benefits and Salary

This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF's downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $53,268.80/year and is non-negotiable. Other benefits include:

  • full individual or family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
  • subsidized dental plan,
  • four weeks of paid vacation annually,
  • seventeen paid holidays annually,
  • weekly remote work allowance,
  • public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
  • 403(b) program through TIAA with employer match,
  • yearly cost-of-living pay increases (based on government guidelines),
  • healthcare expense reimbursement budget,
  • ergonomic budget,
  • relocation (to Boston area) expense reimbursement,
  • conference travel and professional development opportunities, and
  • potential for an annual performance bonus.
Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to hiring@fsf.org. The email must contain the subject line "Copyright and Licensing Associate". A complete application should include:

  • cover letter,
  • resume, and
  • a published writing sample.

All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To guarantee consideration, submit your application by July 20, 2018.

The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. We are based in Boston, MA, USA.

Minifree Libreboot X200 Tablet now FSF-certified to Respect Your Freedom

Mer, 30/05/2018 - 16:59

This is the third device from Minifree Ltd to receive RYF certification. The Libreboot X200 Tablet is a fully free laptop/tablet hybrid that comes with Trisquel and Libreboot pre-installed. The device is similar to the previously certified Libreboot X200 laptop, but with a built-in tablet that enables users to draw, sign documents, or make handwritten notes. Like all devices from Minifree Ltd., purchasing the Libreboot X200 Tablet helps to fund development of Libreboot, the free boot firmware that currently runs on all RYF-certified laptops. It may be purchased at https://minifree.org/product/libreboot-x200-tablet/, and comes with free technical support included.

"We need RYF-certified laptops of all shapes, sizes, and form factors, and for them to be available from multiple sources around the world so users have options. This is a welcome expansion of those options, as well as an opportunity for people to help unlock future possibilities by funding Libreboot development," said the FSF's executive director, John Sullivan.

"The Libreboot X200 Tablet is another great addition to the line-up of freedom respecting devices from Minifree, which has a long history of developing the software and tools that make RYF-certifiable devices possible," said the FSF's licensing & compliance manager, Donald Robertson, III.

"I'm happy that the FSF is now endorsing yet another Minifree product. Minifree's mission is to provide affordable, libre systems that are easy to use and therefore accessible to the public. Minifree's purpose is to provide funding to the Libreboot project, supporting it fully, and I'm delighted to once again cooperate with the FSF on this most noble goal," said Leah Rowe, Founder & CEO, Minifree Ltd.

To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom certification program, including details on the certification of the Libreboot x200 Tablet, please visit https://fsf.org/ryf.

Hardware sellers interested in applying for certification can consult https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

About Minifree Ltd

Minifree Ltd, trading as Ministry of Freedom (formerly trading as Gluglug), is a UK supplier shipping worldwide that sells GNU/Linux-libre computers with the Libreboot firmware and Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre operating system pre-installed.

Libreboot is a free BIOS/UEFI replacement, offering faster boot speeds, better security, and many advanced features compared to most proprietary boot firmware.

Media Contacts

Donald Robertson, III
Licensing and Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
licensing@fsf.org

Leah Rowe
Founder & CEO
Minifree Ltd
+44 7442 425 835
info@gluglug.org.uk

Image Copyright 2018 Minifree Ltd, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0.

Zerocat Chipflasher "board-edition-1" now FSF-certified to Respect Your Freedom

Mar, 15/05/2018 - 16:05

This is the first device under The Zerocat Label to receive RYF certification. The Chipflasher enables users to flash devices such as laptops, allowing them to replace proprietary software with free software like Libreboot. While users are able to purchase RYF-certified laptops that already come with Libreboot pre-loaded, for the first time ever they are capable of freeing their own laptops using an RYF-certified device. The Zerocat Chipflasher board-edition-1 is now available for purchase as a limited edition at http://www.zerocat.org/shop-en.html. These first ten limited edition boards are signed by Kai Mertens, chief developer of The Zerocat Label, and will help to fund additional production and future development of RYF-certified devices.

"The certification of the Zerocat Chipflasher is a big step forward for the Respects Your Freedom program. Replacing proprietary boot firmware is one of the first tasks for creating a laptop that meets RYF's criteria, and now anyone can do so for their own devices with a flasher that is itself RYF-certified," said the FSF's executive director, John Sullivan.

An RYF-certified flashing device could also help to grow the number of laptops available via the RYF program.

"When someone sets out to start their own business selling RYF-certified devices, they now have a piece of hardware they can trust to help them with that process. We hope to see even more laptops made available under the program, and having those laptops flashed with a freedom-respecting device will help to set those retailers on the right path from the start," said the FSF's licensing & compliance manager, Donald Robertson, III.

"Free software tools carry the inherent message 'Let’s help our neighbors!', as this is basically the spirit of the licenses that these tools are shipped with. From a global perspective, we are all 'neighbors,' no matter which country. And from this point of view, I would be happy if the flasher will be regarded as a contribution towards worldwide cooperation and friendship," said Mertens.

To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom device certification program, including details on the certification of all these devices, please visit https://fsf.org/ryf.

Hardware sellers interested in applying for certification can consult https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and , are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

About The Zerocat Label

The Zerocat Label has been set up in order to direct the focus on free design hardware development.

The development of free designs for hardware has many benefits. One of the most important is probably its capacity to conserve the Earth’s resources, and those of people. When we share knowledge, we work towards global solutions instead of individual profits.

Our current approach is to check which free design computer chips are available today, and to start creating something useful with them, even if bigger goals remain out of reach at this time. Creating tools in a modular manner allows us to combine them and to achieve complex solutions in the future.

Our next tasks are to find an answer to questions like “What free-design tools do we need?” and “What are we able to accomplish right now?” We hope to be able to build other free-design tools of wide interest by answering those questions. It is an experimental endeavor.

Media Contacts

Donald Robertson, III
Licensing and Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
licensing@fsf.org

Kai Mertens
Chief Developer
The Zerocat Label
zerocat@posteo.de

Image Copyright 2018 Kai Mertens, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0.

Contract opportunity: JavaScript Developer for GNU LibreJS

Ven, 11/05/2018 - 16:18

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a contract JavaScript Developer to work on GNU LibreJS, a free browser add-on that addresses the problem of nonfree JavaScript described in Richard Stallman's article The JavaScript Trap. This is a temporary, paid contract opportunity, with specific deliverables, hours, term, and payment to be determined with the selected candidate. We anticipate the contract being approximately 80 hours of full-time work, with the possibility of extension depending on results and project status.

Reporting to our technical team, the contractor will work to implement important missing features in the LibreJS extension. We are looking for someone with experience in backend JavaScript development, WebExtensions, and NodeJS/Browserify. Experience with software licensing is a plus. This is an urgent priority; we are seeking someone who is able to start now. Contractors can be based anywhere, but must be able to attend telephone meetings during Eastern Daylight Time business hours.

Examples of deliverables include, but are not limited to:

  • Web Labels support, plus Web Labels in JSON format
  • SPDX support
  • Unit and functional testing
  • User interface improvements
  • New and updated documentation

LibreJS is a critical component of the FSF's campaign for user freedom on the Web, and freeing JavaScript specifically. Building on past contributions, this is an opportunity to help unlock a world where users can better protect their freedom as they browse, and collaborate with each other to make and share modified JavaScript to use.

Reference documentation Proposal instructions

Proposals must be submitted via email to hiring@fsf.org. The email must contain the subject line "LibreJS Developer." A complete application should include:

  • Letter of interest
  • CV / portfolio with links to any previous work online, especially browser extensions
  • At least two recent client references

All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the contract is filled. To guarantee consideration, submit your proposal by Friday, May 18, 2018.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. We are based in Boston, MA, USA.