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League for Programming Freedom

60 Thoreau Street #299, Concord MA 01742-2411, US

The League for Programming Freedom is an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights.

2010 Election Results

The League elected its officers and board members during the annual meeting, 12 May 2010. Dean Anderson is president, Art Sedghi is treasurer, Rich Hilliard is clerk. Les Earnest, Rich Hilliard and Susan Hofstader joined the board.

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election

As approved by the vote of the LPF Board, the next Annual Meeting will be held 12 May 2010. At that time, new officers and board of directors will be elected, per the LPF by-laws.


LPF members should vote on the ballot and return it to the LPF no later than 11 May 2010. Members may return their ballot by email or postal mail. Instructions are on the ballot.

Download the ballot here: ballot

Call for Nominations (closed)

The Nominating Committee, consisting of Richard Stallman, Dean Anderson and Rich Hilliard, was appointed by the Board to nominate a slate of officers and directors. The Nominating Commmittee has proposed the following slate.

Additional nominations may be made by any member in writing to the Clerk at least 70 days in advance of the meeting at which the election is to take place, provided such nomination is seconded by at least three (3) members. Nominees must be members in good standing.

To make a nomination, send an email to the Clerk, no later than 3 March 2010, stating "I hereby nominate ___________________ for the position of __________".

All such nominations will be seconded and nominees will be placed on the ballot.

When nominations are closed, a ballot will be sent to all members. Membership will remain open until the Annual Meeting.

Proposed Slate


  • President: Dean Anderson
  • Treasurer: Art Sedghi
  • Clerk: Rich Hilliard


  • Les Earnest
  • Rich Hilliard
  • Susan Hofstader


Dean Anderson

Dean Anderson has been involved with the LPF since approximately 1988, serving first as an LPF member in the march on Lotus, then elected to office of Secretary, then elected President around 1993. He organized computer scientists to sign the briefs in Lotus v. Borland, leading to a rejection of User Interface Copyright by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996. His experience includes over 23 years working on a wide variety of computer systems, programming languages, and operating systems for companies such as Draper Laboratory, Open Software Foundation/The Open Group, Kendall Square Research, Hitachi Computer Products, Open Environment Corp, GTE Internetworking/Genuity/Level 3, Netnumina/Keane Architecture Services and more. Dean has been a significant contributor to large software projects such as OSF/1, OSF DCE, and OSF Motif, as well as contributing to TLS, DNS and other internet protocols, and also small GPL projects like Nuspex grepcidr.

During the those 23 years, Dean founded and managed several corporations, including AV8 Internet, Inc and Nuspex, Inc, performing Internet, computer programming and IT consulting services for a range of other companies. His interests include internet governance, corporate ethics, business and trade law particularly patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Dean organized opposition to patented internet protocols, and exposed efforts to standardize covertly patented internet protocols. Using investigative techniques common to public policy activism, Dean exposed several scams by obtaining and analyzing public documents. Dean served as a campaign volunteer for several political campaigns. Dean is a member of the Boston Social Law Library, ARIN, Internet Society (ISOC/IETF), FSF, and BBLISA. His hobbies include flying, collecting ancient computer and operating systems, and collecting rare books. In sum, Dean has a long history of corporate leadership, political activism, as well as extensive systems experience.

"My vision for the LPF is to persuade the major stakeholders in the software patent system to see that software patents are a bane to everyone except to those least deserving of rewards; a cost center, rather than a revenue center. To succeed, we need to expand our appeal and our membership from programmers and technical people to include venture capital, public policy and corporate management. I believe there is now sufficient momentum among all parties to change the patent system, as evidenced by wide ranging calls to put modification the patent system on the legislative agenda. I believe if we can just convince this very diverse set of stakeholders (people) that their interests are better served by eliminating patents, we will win this battle. I believe that we can and will win the battle. That is why I'm running for President of the LPF." -- Dean Anderson

Les Earnest

"I am a former LPF director who strongly opposes software patents even though, embarrassingly, one was obtained in my name for Imagen Corp., where I served as founding CEO and which made the first desktop publishing systems using laser printers (1980-85). I also served as Associate Chair of Stanford's Computer Science Department (1985-88) and as Executive Officer of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL, 1965-80). Before that I spent a dozen years working in the military-industrial-political establishment, initially as a Naval Aviation Electronics Officer, then at MIT Lincoln Lab, then the MITRE Corp., where I worked on projects for the Air Force, Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff until I got fed up with the corruption and fled to Stanford.

Along the way I created the first spelling checker (1961), the first search engine (1961-63), the first cursive handwriting recognizer (1962), initiated projects for both robotic mechanical assembly (1966) and a robot vehicle (1967), served on the small startup committee for ARPAnet (1967-68), created the FINGER program, which provided the first social networking and blogging services (1975), initiated the modernization of bicycle racing rules in the U.S., including the strong helmet rule and anti-doping regulations (1977-present), and helped develop strong ASTM helmet standards for cycling and roller skating (1993-present)."

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Rich Hilliard

Rich is an independent consultant and software systems architect for public and private sector clients. Previously he was CTO at ConsentCache (an internet privacy startup) and a lead systems architect at the MITRE Corporation. In the 1990s, he was a member of the Ada Mapping/Revision Team which defined the ISO standard for Ada 95. He is active in IEEE and ISO standards development in the areas of software, systems and enterprise architeture, and it especially interested in fighting to get industry and international standards free from software patents. He was editor of IEEE Std 1471:2000, now internationalized as ISO/IEC 42010 and being jointly revised by IEEE and ISO, and served as editor or IEEE Std 1016:2009. He is a member of IFIP Working Group 2.10 (Software Architecture). He joined the LPF in 1989, served as the LPF email coordinator, and was elected LPF Clerk in 1994. He helped to organize, and was a signatory to, the Computer Scientists Amicus Brief in Support of Borland (in Borland v. Lotus) to the Supreme Court (October term, 1995).

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Susan Hofstader

"My involvement with the League for Programming Freedom arises from being married to co-founder Chris Hofstader. During the early 90s I put together the newsletter and took care of other admin tasks for the League before entering Northeastern University School of Law, which I graduated from in 1996. As I Board Member I will be consulting Chris and sharing his input and also using my legal background to understand the changes in the legal landscape with regard to software patents and other issues."

Art Sedighi

Mr. Sedighi is the CTO and founder of SoftModule. SoftModule is a startup company with engineering and development offices in Boston and Tel-Aviv and sales and management offices in New York. He is also the Chief Architect for SoftModule's xFactor product that has risen from a current need in the market to manage excessive demands of computing power at a lower cost. Before SoftModule, Mr. Sedighi held a Senior Consulting Engineer position at DataSynapse, where he designed and implemented Grid and Distributed Computing fabrics for the Fortune 500. Before DataSynapse, Mr. Sedighi spent a number of years at TIBCO Software, where he implemented high-speed messaging solutions for organizations such as the New York Stock Exchange, UBS, Credit Suisse, US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, and many others. Mr. Sedighi received his BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Science, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.