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A very special opportunity to hear the legendary Dr Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation

"Divide & Rule On Your Screen: Copyright, Antisocializing Contracts & DRM"

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.

About the speaker

Dr Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see  in 1984.  GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes.  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 and the ACM Software and Systems 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 doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.


12:45 for 13:00 to 15:00 with reception to follow, formal end 16:00.  Chaired by Professor Michael Mainelli, Fellow, Goodenough College and Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group.


Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

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