Copyright vs. Community

Richard Stallman


The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Richard Stallman, MacArthur Fellow and President of the Free Software Foundation, who will argue that copyright does great harm when applied to today’s technological environment of online collaboration and peer-to-peer sharing.

Stallman's presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2009, at the University's C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston.

The copyright system was developed for the age of the printing press and is now enforceable only through Draconian punishments, according to Stallman.

He says that the system infringes upon freedoms that have become essential to network users and offers an alternative way for copyright to provide its intended benefits to the public without negating our freedoms.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The Forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.


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