Current FSF Projects
We rely on support from individuals like you to carry out our mission to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of all Free Software users. Last year, over 67% of our operating funds came from individual donors. That ongoing support is the primary way we can continue our work. Below are some of our current projects that your membership dues will help support:
GPL Compliance Lab
The GPL Compliance Lab has been an informal activity of FSF since 1992 and was formalized in December 2001. The Compliance Lab is our department that handles the investigation of reported GPL (and LGPL) violations and subsequent license enforcement when violations are confirmed. The Lab also assists other copyright holders (besides FSF itself) when they wish to enforce the GPL. Finally, the Lab provides general "knowledge infrastructure" concerning the GNU GPL and Free Software licensing; we answer many licensing questions from the public and from lawyers working in the field each day.
Free Software Directory
The Free Software Directory was started in September 1999 to catalog all useful free software that runs under free operating systems. The Directory contains over 3,000 entries.
Savannah.nongnu.org provides software development services at no cost to free software developers around the world. Savannah provides a web front-end for hosting and maintaining project homepages, bug tracking, CVS, FTP, and mailing lists. We provide all of these services running entirely on Free Software, without ads, for the entire community.
FSF remains the primary sponsor of the GNU Project. In addition to the services provided by savannah.gnu.org for GNU projects, FSF provides development systems for GNU software maintainers, including full email and shell services. We are committed to furthering the development of the GNU Operating System and enabling volunteers to easily contribute to that work.
The Digital Speech Project encourages and coordinates activism against entrenched corporate entities to protect digital freedoms in light of laws, governmental regulations and industry self-regulation efforts that seek to impede the progress of technology and usurp consumer freedoms by attempting to grab more control for the media companies.
For more information about any of these projects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.