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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) refers to software, the source code of which is publicly shared and licensed in such a manner as to allow it to be freely used, modified, and shared. It offers several crucial benefits over proprietary closed-source software, such as improved security, stability, and privacy due to community oversight, and greater control over the technologies that people use. Moreover, as FOSS is underpinned by the sharing economy and collaborative innovation, it makes for software that works for the benefit of the larger society rather than profit-driven interests of corporations. We make it our mandate to promote FOSS at all levels of governance as well as amongst general users, and work with stakeholders to catalyse its widespread adoption. We also provide pro-bono legal advice to FOSS developers.

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Union Budget 2015-16 | Coverage & Analysis

SFLC.in board member Prof Rahul De talked about Union Budget 2015 at an expert panel hosted by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Link to the video : Union Budget 2015-16 | Coverage & Analysis (Part 12)

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SFLC.in’s comments on the First Draft of the National IP Policy

In December 2014, the Government of India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) invited stakeholder comments on the First Draft of the National IP Policy, which was published on December 19, 2014. SFLC.in submitted its comments in response before the DIPP. Below are some of the salient points raised by the submission: “Innovation” is […]

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Myth and Reality: Open Source Software & Licensing

Mishi Choudhary, Executive Director, SFLC.in shared some practical tips on the legal aspects of using open source software and busts some myths regarding licenses.

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CIA listening through Mongo DB? Er…not so fast!

Amidst the deluge of stories being written on UIDAI or AADHAR, the latest to indulge in excessive hand-wringing is the Economic Times reporting about a dealbetween MongoDBand UIDAI. The story flags In-Q-Tel‘s investment in MongoDB as the wolf we should be scared of. In-Q-Tel is a venture capital firm funded by the US intelligence community. […]

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Press Release : SFLC Criticises AICTE’s Decision to Mandate Use of Microsoft Cloud In Its Affiliated Colleges

April 25, 2013 New Delhi, India AICTE, according to a notification available on its website (pdf), has taken a decision to partner with Microsoft to offer cloud email offering and Microsoft Office 365 for all its affiliated institutions. SFLC.IN opposes this decision of AICTE for the following reasons: AICTE’s decision is contrary to the National […]

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Cryptoparty in Cochin

Software Freedom Law Center, India(sflc.in) in association with ILUG-COCHIN is holding a cryptoparty (www.cryptoparty.org) on Sunday, 24th February 2013. The aim of the event is to introduce Internet users to tools that help in protecting privacy in the online world. Agenda: Introduction – Privacy on the Internet Browsing Security TOR Cookies and do -not- track […]

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Microsoft and the Art of Notional Accounting

In September 2011, sflc.in came across a news item reporting a decision by the Government of Punjab torevise their decision to implement BOSS Linuxand to instead opt for Microsoft Windows. We had barely rejoiced properly the news which had appeared earlier in the year on February, 2011, about the use of BOSS in the ICT […]

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Events

SFLC.in at Swatantra ’17

Dates: 20 and 21 December 2017Venue: Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum, Kerala, IndiaPeople in attendance: ~400 Panel Discussion SFLC.in was a part of the closing session titled “Software Freedom – Challenges Ahead”. Panelists included: Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in Praveen Arimbrathodiyil, Pirate Party of India Benjamin Maco Hill, Assistant Professor in Communication, University of Washington Abhas Abhinav, […]

Seminar on IPR for Start Ups and Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries

The Technology Centre of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is organizing a Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Start Ups & Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries on November 22, 2017 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Kochi. The Program aims to provide a platform for […]

SFLC.in at 4CCon [26-28 January, 2017; Chennai]

4CCon (Collaboration, Contribution, Community and Commons Conference), the second national conference by Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) took place from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. The first day was for pre-conference workshops, and the second and third day were for the actual conference. Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN), a member organization […]

4Ccon – Second National Conference on Free Software

We are partnering with FSMI in organizing 4Ccon, FSMI’s second national conference on free software. We will be there to talk and discuss about the state of the affairs in the fight against Software Patents, our ongoing work on Internet Shutdowns and of course, free software. The conference will be held from 26th to 29th of January 2017 […]

SFLC.in at FSMK Camp 2016

Free Software Movement of Karantaka (FSMK) organizes annual week long technical camps for students, with a special emphasis on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), its significance, benefits, and contribution towards an internet ecosystem that is free (as in Freedom) and accessible to all. SFLC.in was a proud co-organizer of the FSMK Camp, 2016 held […]

Kerala State IT Policy – A Stakeholder Consultation (16th July, 2016)

SFLC.in, Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) and InfoPark Ernakulam Public Library Branch are jointly organising a discussion session to gather inputs from various stakeholders for the upcoming IT Policy of the Kerala State Government.The participants include Government representatives, Free Software Activists, Industry representatives, civil society organisations, Trade Union representatives and others. The workshop will be […]

Lecture on “Software and the law”

You want to build a business and Software Law for you, seems to be about avoiding danger. Could the law of software really be a subject that could make you save money instead of cost you money? On August 17, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia law School and Mishi […]

Second Asian Legal Network Round-table

SFLC.IN in association with Open Invention Network is organizing the Second Asian Legal Network round-table at the Oberoi Hotel, Bangalore on Wednesday, 12th August 2015 from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The event will be structured as a round-table between 40 to 50 participants in an informal half-day setting and will present a unique opportunity […]

Session on “Software and the Law : A primer”

SFLC.in in collaboration with the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), is organizing a session on “Software and the law: A Primer” on July 23, 2015 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at Malabar Hall, Park Centre, Technopark, Trivandrum. The session will introduce the participants to the concepts of trademarks, copyrights and […]

Roundtable on “FOSS for Public Use : Free and Open Source Software for Digital India” on May 29, 2015

SFLC.in, in collaboration with the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) and the Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), is organizing a roundtable on “FOSS for Public Use : Free and Open Source Software for Digital India” on May 29, 2015 from 9.30 am to 2pm at the Deck Suite, 5th […]

Cryptoparty in Cochin

Software Freedom Law Center, India(sflc.in) in association with ILUG-COCHIN is holding a cryptoparty (www.cryptoparty.org) on Sunday, 24th February 2013. The aim of the event is to introduce Internet users to tools that help in protecting privacy in the online world. Agenda: Introduction – Privacy on the Internet Browsing Security TOR Cookies and do -not- track […]