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The Importance of Community-oriented GPL Enforcement

The Free Software Foundation and Software Freedom Conservancy have released a statement of principles on how GPL enforcement work can and should be done in a community-oriented fashion. The president of the Open Source Initiative, Allison Randal, participated as a co-author in the drafting of the principles, together with the leadership of FSF and Conservancy.

The Open Source Initiative's mission centers on advocating for and supporting efforts to improve community best practices, in order to promote and protect open source (founded on the principles of free software). While the OSI's work doesn't include legal enforcement actions for the GPL or any of the family of licenses that conform to the Open Source Definition, we applaud these principles set forth by the FSF and Conservancy, clearly defining community best practices around GPL enforcement.

The Open Source Initiative Welcomes Mifos Initiative

Project focused on eliminating poverty shares vision of open source development for the good of the global community.

July 19, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) this week welcomed The Mifos Initiative as the latest Affiliate Member to join the global non-profit focused on promoting and protecting open source software, development and communities.

Xerte Project Joins Open Source Initiative

Xerte Project's Open Source Initiative membership furthers both organization's commitment to growing open source community and collaboration within institutions of higher education.

July 15, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) has announced the Affiliate Membership of The Xerte Project, an initiative to provide high-quality free software to educators all over the world, and to build a global community of users and developers around the tools.The partnership highlights the OSI's continued efforts within the higher education sector.

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To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.