Peter T. Brown

Peter T. Brown was the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) from 2005 until early 2011. Having come from a business management and finance background,[1] he began working for the organization in 2001 as a comptroller, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2005 after the departure of Bradley Kuhn. He was replaced by John Sullivan.[2] He has since joined the Software Freedom Conservancy as a director and treasurer.[3] He is from Oxford, England, and has worked in the past for the BBC and the New Internationalist.

He became an American citizen in August 2017.[4]

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Brown in 2010


  1. ^ "Peter T. Brown". Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ "FSF announces new executive director". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  3. ^ "Peter Brown and Stormy Peters Appointed as Directors of Software Freedom Conservancy". 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  4. ^ "After 16 years living in Boston I am finally becoming an American citizen today at Faneuil Hall. Exciting! • r/boston". reddit. Retrieved 2017-08-17.

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BBC iPlayer

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Defective by Design

Defective by Design is an anti-DRM initiative by the Free Software Foundation. DRM technology, known as "digital rights management" technology by its supporters, restricts users' ability to freely use their purchased movies, music, literature, software, and hardware in ways they are accustomed to with ordinary non-restricted media (such as books and audio compact discs). As a result, DRM has been described as "digital restrictions management" or "digital restrictions mechanisms" by opponents.The philosophy of the initiative is that DRM is designed to be deliberately defective, to restrict the use of the product. This, they claim, cripples the future of digital freedom. The group aims to target "Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers, and DRM distributors" and to bring public awareness of the issue and increase participation in the initiative. It represents one of the first efforts of the Free Software Foundation to find common cause with mainstream social activists, and to encourage free software advocates to become socially involved. As of late 2006, the campaign was claiming over 12,000 registered members.In August 2018, GOG created an anti-DRM program called "FCK DRM". The homepage of the initiative offers links to the websites of Defective by Design, the EFF, Bandcamp,, Wikisource, Project Gutenberg and other projects that promote free software and free culture.

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Richard Stallman on 4 October 1985 to support the free software movement, which promotes the universal freedom to study, distribute, create, and modify computer software, with the organization's preference for software being distributed under copyleft ("share alike") terms, such as with its own GNU General Public License. The FSF was incorporated in Massachusetts, US, where it is also based.From its founding until the mid-1990s, FSF's funds were mostly used to employ software developers to write free software for the GNU Project. Since the mid-1990s, the FSF's employees and volunteers have mostly worked on legal and structural issues for the free software movement and the free software community.

Consistent with its goals, the FSF aims to use only free software on its own computers.

Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) is an organization that provides a non-profit home and infrastructure support, including legal services, for free/open source software projects. The organization was established in 2006, with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). As of June 2018, the organization had over 40 member projects.

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