Free Software Foundation submits comments to U.S. Department of Education encouraging free licensing for all grant-funded materials — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

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BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Friday, December, 18, 2015 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Education in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs. In addition, the FSF collected and sent comments from the free software community. These comments were filed via postal mail, as currently it is impossible to submit comments in digital form for NPRMs without downloading and running proprietary JavaScript.

The Department was seeking comments on proposed rules that would ensure that works created with competitive grant funds from the Department would be licensed to give the public and educational institutions the right to freely modify and distribute the works. The FSF’s comment lauded this goal, but suggested an important wording change in the regulation to ensure that “the license must grant public permission to ‘distribute modifications’ or equivalently ‘distribute adaptations.'” Earlier this month, the FSF also called on free software supporters to submit comments of their own, or add their signature to the FSF’s filing.

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