The Software Freedom Conservancy, an organisation that helps promote, develop, improve and defend free and open source software, has asked Microsoft to resign from the Recording Industry Association of America after the RIAA forced the takedown of youtube-dl, a popular command-line script that can be used to download videos from YouTube and many other videos from the Internet, from GitHub, a code repository owned by Microsoft.
The spat that erupted between the Software Freedom Conservatory and the Software Freedom Law Centre, both of which are involved in activities around the GNU General Public Licence, shows no sign of going away, with the latter upping the ante recently.
The former general counsel of the Free Software Foundation, Eben Moglen, has been accused of acting against the interests of the organisation which he once served.
The Software Freedom Conservancy says it cannot provide any details as to why the Software Freedom Law Centre, its creator, has suddenly sought to cancel the SFC trademark due to what it claims is "priority and likelihood of confusion" with its own trademark.
It's been some time since there was a good old-fashioned verbal spat in the free and open source software community.
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