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rms – Copyright vs. Community

11/03/2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nottingham GNU/Linux User Group

Leicester GNU/Linux User Group


The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham Computer Science Society

proudly present


Dr Richard Stallman

Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks

Monday 11th March 7:00pm to 9:00pm

2013-03-11 The University of Nottingham - poster - Richard Stallman - Copyright v Community


This is a non-technical talk by the founder of the Free Software Foundation.

Richard Stallman is one of the most influential speakers on the topics of Digital Freedoms and Free Software. If you don’t know who “rms” is, or the significance of those initials in lowercase, or even what GNU might be, then you definitely should come along!

Please book on the FSF website to reserve a space if you definitely know that you will come along. Please also consider adding your email to the FSF events maillist there for any other future events nearby.

(Talks by rms normally attract many hundreds of attendees, so best check now to gain a place.)


Monday 11th March 7:00pm to 9:00pm, at:

Room B52, Business School South
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB


Road, rail and bus directions are given here. The talk is in the Business School South Building, “7” on this campus map (pdf). Please enter at the main entrance on the north side of the building. There is campus pay-and-display parking available free of cost for the evening.


Guaranteed to be a good talk and fundamental for all our freedoms.


This event is about freedoms and is also free of cost. On the day, we will welcome any donations to the FSF.


Meditating GNU



7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Room B52, Business School South
The University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road, Nottingham NG8 1BB United Kingdom
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Martin Lomas, Nottingham Linux Users Group

1 comment to rms – Copyright vs. Community

  • Martin L

    Here are two current articles to stir a little controversy for this topic:

    John Lennon’s lesson for public-domain innovation

    IP protection hurting, not helping, US and UK

    Open … and Shut. While I’ve never thought John Lennon’s Imagine offered a particularly useful prescription for peace, I am starting to wonder if it might not suggest something better than free and open-source software. …

    Why it’s time to stop using open source licences

    Free software is built on a paradox. In order to give freedom to users, free software licences use something that takes away freedom – copyright, which is an intellectual monopoly based on limiting people’s freedom to share, not enlarging it. That was a brilliant hack when Richard Stallman first came up with it in 1985, with the GNU Emacs General Public Licence, but maybe now it’s time to move on. …

    … I don’t think this declining use of copyleft licences is a sign of failure – on the contrary. … free software has essentially won, taking over most key computing sectors. Similarly, the move to “permissive” licences has only been possible because of the success of copyleft: the ideas behind collaborative creation and contributing back to a project are now so pervasive that we don’t require “strong” copyleft licences to enforce them…

    Imagine the power and freedom of cooperation?… However, there is a counterpoint given in just the first few comments posted for each of those articles…

    Guaranteed good points to discuss post-talk!


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