Friday night is date night, and you’ve got a date with Richard Stallman. Woohoo!
The Last Hacker himself will be giving a talk on copyright and community. You don’t have to be an uber-nerd or developer to enjoy this topic — just come with an open mind. And bring a couple friends!
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Here are the event details:
DATE: May 2, 2014
TIME: 6 – 9 PM
LOCATION: The Automattic Lounge
132 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
If coming via MUNI, you can plan your trip here: http://511.org/. Several bus routes will drop you off on Folsom, as well as Second & Harrison.
There are several parking structures around the area. Here are two that we recommend within a 5-minute walk of Hawthorne
SPEAKER: Dr. Richard Stallman
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
TOPIC: Copyright v. Community
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.