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Mar 17 2008

Richard Stallman: Copyright Vs. Community

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Along with the ACM, we are bringing in Richard Stallman to give a speech entitled “Copyright Vs. Community”

  • Location: Torgerson 2150
  • Date: March 25th
  • Time: 8:00pm


Copyright 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 direction.


Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) 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 Mac Arthur 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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  1. […] In honor of Software Freedom Day, we’re posting up the digital recording of Richard Stallman’s speech: “Copyright vs. Community” on our Web site. As per Stallman’s request, we are presenting the speech in the free Speex codec. This speech is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0 Unported. […]

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