Tuesday, 12 February at 7pm
		   in the Great Hall, the People's Palace
			    QMUL Mile End Campus

RICHARD STALLMAN, software hacker (in the "geek" sense), founder of the
Free Software Foundation and of the GNU Project, and principal author of
some of the most important GNU software, will briefly be in London in
February. We are fortunate enough to have him come to Queen Mary,
University of London, at short notice to give a public lecture on
"Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks".

Stallman has a long-held belief that software should be free in the same
way that mathematical knowledge has traditionally been free--this is
manifested in the GNU General Public Licence (and friends) and "copyleft".

In order that we may gauge numbers, if you wish to attend the lecture
please contact Sue White: suew/rms@dcs.qmul.ac.uk or 020 7882 5217.

Lecture 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 what must be done is either to reduce copyright
     powers or effectively eliminate them, depending on the kind of
     work.  Governments must now protect the public's right to copy.

Background URLs about the GNU project, "GNU/Linux" and free software:


Richard Stallman's personal web page: