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Richard Stallman to speak on copyright and patents at LSE

Richard Stallman, founder of the gnu free software project, will be giving two lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on copyright in the computer age and software patents.

Copyright vs Community in the Age of the Computer

Monday 2 December, 4.30-6.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

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.

Against Software Patents

Tuesday 3 December, 6.30-8.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

A look at how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of being sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer used. Economic research shows that they even retard progress.

Both these lectures are free and open to all but a ticket is required.

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To reserve a press ticket for either of these lectures, please contact Emma Peel on 020 7955 6398 or email e.s.peel@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

Both lectures are held at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A.

For more information on Richard Stallman, visit www.stallman.org|

27 November 2002

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