Day Against DRM

We as FSMI, strongly oppose inclusion of DRM (Digital Rights Management)  technologies and its attempt to control what a user can and can't do with the media and hardware you've purchased.

Would you like to watch your legally bought movies on different devices? Would you like to backup your DVDs? Or would you like to convert your e-books into different formats?

No to 66A in any form

The Free Software Movement of India notes with concern the proposal of the Union Government to bring back (albeit in a different form) the widely misused Section 66A of the IT Act that was struck down by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment in March 2015.

Net Neutrality Upheld - People's Victory

Free Software Movement of India hails the decision taken by TRAI that disallows the service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer. TRAI carried out a thorough examination of the issues in the responses to its Consultation paper on the subject and taken a decision that upholds Net-neutrality. It has also made clear that it considers net neutrality to be the guiding principle of the internet.

Press Statement on abeyance of guidelines for examination of Computer Related Inventions


The Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) welcomes the decision of the Patent Office, made vide its Order of December 14, 2015, to revoke the Guidelines for Patenting of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) issued on August 21, 2015.

The Patent Office has stated in its aforementioned order that having received several representations regarding the interpretation and scope of Section 3(k) of Patents Act, it has decided to keep the Guidelines of August 21, 2015, under abeyance till contentious issues are resolved.

FSMI statement on blocking of GitHub and other sites

Over the last few days, there have been reports that internet users in india are not able to access services like GitHub, PasteBin and Imgur. It is now increasingly becoming clear that these sites have been blocked by the ISPs (Internet Service Providers), with no explanation given. One ISP claims that these sites have been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority.

FSMI's Replies to 20 Questions of TRAI on Net Neutrality

Question 1:
Is it too early to establish a regulatory framework for OTT services, since Internet penetration is still evolving, access speeds are generally low and there is limited coverage of high-speed broadband in the country? Or, should some beginning be made now with a regulatory framework that could be adapted to changes in the future? Please comment with justifications.