[Melbourne-pm] Richard Stallman talk on Oct. 8

Jacinta Richardson jarich at perltraining.com.au
Wed Sep 15 18:38:29 CDT 2004

Richard Stallman will be giving a talk on Oct. 8, on "The Danger of 
Software Patents".

12:00pm, Friday, 8 October, 2004
Lecture Theater 1, ICT Building, 111, Barry Street,
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
The University of Melbourne

Dr Stallman <http://www.stallman.org/> is:

- the famous programmer of much of the software in the GNU/Linux
   operating system <http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html>,

- the founder of the Free Software Foundation
     <http://www.gnu.org/fsf/fsf.html>, and

- author of the GPL licence

While the GPL and its 'copyleft' principle became a model for later 
'Open Source' software licences now in wide use, the original emphasizes 
the importance of preserving with the work a number of important 
freedoms to use the work, rather than merely requiring open access to 
the source code.

In this talk Richard Stallman discusses how software patents restrict 
the development of software, so that every design decision potentially 
brings the developer or programmer  a risk of getting sued.

There is limited seating.  Please turn up early.

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