Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman

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Free Software Foundation, 2002 - Computers - 220 pages
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The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of this collection of essays and speeches by MacArthur Foundation Grant winner Richard M. Stallman. This collection includes historical writings such as The GNU Manifesto, which defined and launched the activist Free Software Movement, along with new writings on hot topics in copyright, patent law, and the controversial issue of "trusted computing." Stallman takes a critical look at common abuses of copyright law and patents when applied to computer software programs, and how these abuses damage our entire society and remove our existing freedoms. He also discusses the social aspects of software and how free software can create community and social justice. Given the current turmoil in copyright and patent law, including the DMCA and proposed CBDTPA, these essays are more relevant than ever. Stallman tackles head-on the essential issues driving the current changes in copyright laws. He argues that for creativity to flourish, software must be free of inappropriate and overly-broad legal constraints. Over the past twenty years his arguments and actions have changed the course of software history; this new book is sure to impact the future of software and legal policies in the years to come.

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While I cannot agree with his recommendation of a "software development tax" where the government could potentially pay the salary of free software developers, everything esle in here is fantastic ... Read full review

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I picked this up to try to get myself up to speed on the 4 freedoms: *Freedom to run *Freedom to modify *Freedom to share *Freedom to make modifications and share with the community His opinion that ... Read full review


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