"Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks" is the title of the lecture Richard Stallman(bio) will be giving at WVU on February 17th, 2010. This is a free lecture open to the public which has been generously sponsored by the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The WVU Free Software Group and Association for Computing Machinery chapter have worked jointly to present this lecture.
This event was recorded and is available to download for viewing. The total run time of the lecture is 146 Minutes (2:26:16).
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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 copyrightto promote progress, for the benefit of the publicthen we must make changes in the other direction.
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This lecture is located in room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on the WVU Evansdale campus. It is scheduled to run from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. Signs will be posted throughout the building directing guests to the room.
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 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.