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Richard Stallman - Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks

Portland State University Hoffmann Hall
1833 SW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon, United States (map)



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.

Presented by Portland State University Chapter of Association of Computing Machinery