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[PLUG] RMS Talk at Temple University on March 25th

Computer and Information Sciences
Distinguished Lecture Series
"Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks"

Richard M. Stallman

Free Software Foundation
2:00-3:30pm, March 25, 2009
Kiva Auditorium (See #40 on

Abstract: Copyright was developed in the age of the printing press,
and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed
by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with
computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The
global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for
draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while
suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to
serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright—to promote progress,
for the benefit of the public—then we must make changes in the other

Bio: Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating
system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has
the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes
either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU
operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of
computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a
MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
Pioneer award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic
Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.
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