Catalog of Missing Devices: Fonts on e-readers (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

In today's world, your ability to choose something as everyday as a typeface depends on the permission of the company that made your device and the software that runs on it. Choosing your typeface may seem like a novelty, but type design can have far-ranging implications for accessibility (some fonts are optimized for people with dyslexia and other cognitive print disabilities), clarity (other fonts are optimized the minimize the chance of mistaking one character for another, critical for technical applications), and even culture (the right to choose a script that matches the language you're reading can make all the difference).

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The First Annual International Copyleft Conference (The Software Freedom Conservancy)

A news item from Software Freedom Conservancy.

Save the date: Monday 4 February 2019 in Brussels, Belgium

Software Freedom Conservancy — the home to many key copyleft projects like Inkscape, Samba and Wine, and known for its work enforcing the GPL for its own projects as well as Linux — announced today that Conservancy will coordinate the first conference focused entirely on copyleft licensing, strategy, enforcement, governance and best practices.

In response to requests during the FOSDEM Legal and Policy DevRoom, which is coordinated by a team of four that includes Conservancy's own Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler, Conservancy will organize a separate conference on the day following FOSDEM 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, called: The Annual International Copyleft Conference, or CopyleftConf for short.

Participants from throughout the copyleft world — developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics — will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world.

The event will provide a friendly and safe place for discussion of copyleft as a key strategy for defending software freedom.

Conservancy encourages everyone to save the date of Monday 4 February 2019 in Brussels, Belgium for this first CoplyeftConf. We've chosen the date and location to ease travel for those already attending FOSDEM the weekend preceding CopyleftConf.

Important Dates:

  • Monday 16 July 2018: official CFP announcement and venue details announced.
  • Sunday 19 August 2018: CFP submission deadline.
  • Monday 10 September 2018: Conference schedule announced.

Watch Conservancy's RSS feeds for CopyleftConf announcements as those dates approach!

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Update on Trademark Action (Fraud Claim Dismissed, New Filing) (The Software Freedom Conservancy)

A blog post from Software Freedom Conservancy.

Blog post by Bradley M. Kuhn. Please email any comments on this entry to <>.

As per our commitment to transparency, here's a brief update on the trademark action we have discussed previously.

On Thursday, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) dismissed SFLC's claim of fraud against Conservancy, as we predicted.

This sensible ruling is just the next step of many; the suit will proceed at the usual near-glacial pace of litigation. On Friday, we moved to the next procedural step, which is to ask the Board to allow us to update our answer as planned.

We continue steadfast in our previous position: the entire matter remains a waste of resources for both organizations, and SFLC should do the honorable and right thing and simply withdraw their complaint.

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Apache Maven Site Plugin Version 3.7.1 Released (Apache Software Foundation Blogs)

The Apache Maven team is pleased to announce the release of the Apache Maven Site Plugin, version 3.7.1.

The Site Plugin is used to generate a site for the project. The generated site also includes the project’s reports that were configured in the POM.

You can download the appropriate sources etc. from the download page:


Release Notes – Maven Site Plugin – Version 3.7.1


  • MSITE-806 – Site generation does not work when no report configured nor Doxia document provided
  • MSITE-809 – Documentation: examples/configuring-reports.html includes invalid XML
  • MSITE-812 – Missing ‘/’ in log when deploying documentation by site:stage
  • MSITE-817 – inherit edit value in site.xml
  • MSITE-818 – site:run fails to find locale when zh_CN is used


  • MSITE-811 – Upgrade parent to 31
  • MSITE-819 – improve display of site rendering with locale info


  • MSITE-815 – highlight skin used to render site and documents statistics


  • MSITE-767 – Revert r1729902 caused by DOXIASITETOOLS-155 and fix ITs as soon as parent POMs and site.xml descriptors have been upgraded
  • MSITE-821 – add documentation on site plugin dependencies


-The Apache Maven team