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Date 11-9-2008
Time 16:00
Room/Location Al DISI-aula 509 -5 piano
Title Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks
Speaker Prof. Richard Stallman
Affiliation Free Software Foundation
Link http://www.stallman.org/
Abstract 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
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