(Vocus) February 24, 2010
When: February 24, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: DCC (Darrin Communication Center Building) 308
Who: Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating systems in 1984. GNU is free software where everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system is used on tens of millions of computers today.
Seminar covers how “copyright” was 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.
According to Mr. Stallman, “the global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments for copyright violations, and to increase their copyright powers while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purposes of copyright, to promote.
Co-Director, Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Technical Leader, Medical