30 September 2009: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Events Room 1, Gallagher Hub
Wintec City Campus, Gate 5
Tristram Street, Hamilton
In this insightful discussion, international Free Software advocate Richard
Stallman (RMS) will argue that software patents seriously and significantly
obstruct software development.
Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. Stallman will argue
that they restrict the development of software to the point that the risk of
legal action as a result of design decisions is dramatically raised.
Stallman will also make the point that patents in other fields restrict
factories, but in IT, software patents restrict every computer user and
Stallman will also present some of the international research and economic
data related to this issue.
Light refreshments provided.
About The Speaker
Richard Stallman is a software developer and software freedom activist.
In 1983 he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a
Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been
the project's leader ever since. With that announcement Stallman also
launched the Free Software Movement. In October 1985 he started the Free
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