Hmm, I would be interested in (order of interest) 3) then 2) then 1)
And I would show up, too.
Quoting Thomas McLeod <[log in to unmask]>:
> I would be more interested in 2) or 3) than 1).
> At 2003-09-08 12:54 -0500 Monday, you wrote:
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> >The University of Vermont Computer Science Student Association will
> >Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation (fsf.org),
> >Lafayette 403 on October 14, 2003 from 6:30 - 8:30pm via video
> >feed. The talk will be open to the public and free of admission,
> however the
> >room seats only 50 people so the CSSA will have an RSVP period (TBA)
> >people to reserve seats.
> >The subject of the talk however has yet to be determined. We have 3
> >outlined below. Please read the following abstracts and if you have a
> >preference, send me an email ([log in to unmask]) by next Monday
> >indicating which talk you would like to participate in. I will tally
> >responses and announce the talk with the appropriate abstract shortly
> >1) The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System
> > Richard Stallman will speak about the purpose, goals, philosophy,
> > methods, status, and future prospects of the GNU operating system,
> > which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by an
> > estimated 17 to 20 million users world wide.
> >2) Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks
> > Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was
> > to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the
> > 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.
> >3) For Against Software Patents, you can use this abstract:
> > Richard Stallman will explain 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 getting sued. Patents
> > in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict
> > every computer user. Economic research shows that they even
> > retard progress.
> >If you have any further questions about the CSSA Speaker Series, don't
> >hesitate to contact me or any other CSSA officer; the CSSA welcomes
> >comments. Also, if you are a student or faculty member who would like
> to give
> >a talk in this year's series we would be delighted to host such an
> event. We
> >look forward to a great year full of engaging CSSA activities!
> >Thank you,
> >David Van Horn
> >Public Liaison Officer of the CSSA
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