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Richard Stallman Talks On Copyright Vs. the People 329

holden writes "Richard M. Stallman recently gave a talk entitled Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks to the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club. The talk looks at the origin of copyright, and how it has evolved over time from something that originally served the benefit of the people to a tool used against them. In keeping with his wishes to use open formats, the talk and QA are available in ogg theora only."
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Richard Stallman Talks On Copyright Vs. the People

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 20, 2007 @04:08AM (#19924199)
    http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/copyright-versus-com munity.html [gnu.org]

    That is dated from 2000 with the same topic title for the talk... is he just reciting this old talk?

    The transcript also seems to indicate laughter within the audience. I call FAKE on this.
  • by Valacosa ( 863657 ) on Friday July 20, 2007 @04:20AM (#19924257)
    Also, that should read, "also requires programmers to not buy a house, get married, and otherwise have a normal life." This is what happens when Slashdot posts are written in haste at four in the morning.
  • by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Friday July 20, 2007 @04:48AM (#19924349)
    If your posting on Slashdot at four in the morning I can see why you get confused about the whole get married/buy a house thing.
  • by ZorbaTHut ( 126196 ) on Friday July 20, 2007 @05:09AM (#19924437) Homepage
    Am I the only person who has the sudden urge to download it and transcode it into mp3? Or even better, DRMed WMV?

    But RMS, information wants to be free, and this is just another form for it to freely take! :D
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 20, 2007 @06:15AM (#19924745)
    I wish people like you would get their head out of their fucking asses and stop being morons about all those licensing bullshit.

    If you have paid the patent fees for your MP3 encoder, and I am sure you have, then go ahead!
    So, I need to pay Apple for an MP3 encoder license to use "export as MP3" in iTunes?

    You, sir, are a dumbass.

  • by fbjon ( 692006 ) on Friday July 20, 2007 @06:27AM (#19924791) Homepage Journal
    The solution to the student's problem is not to pay for his education. That is, have free education for everyone.
  • by tomstdenis ( 446163 ) <tomstdenis@gAUDENmail.com minus poet> on Friday July 20, 2007 @08:25AM (#19925455) Homepage
    Having not seen THIS video yet, I've seen previous talks, and yes, he's normally not very presentable and doesn't really have any shame. Reason being? He's been sheltered from the "real world" ever since he stepped foot inside uni.

    This is how he can have a totally polar draconian view of commercial software. He doesn't have to rely on selling it to make a living. And since he doesn't have to win over customers ever, he doesn't have to act tactfully in public. I mean, I rarely dress up, but I at least shave, bathe, comb my friggin hair and act polite when guests/customers are around. It isn't selling out to have proper manners and hygiene...

    That said, copyright is hardly as big a problem as people make it out to be. The DMCA [and similar laws] are, but they're not required for copyright to exist and be useful. And at anyrate I'd worry more about patents [especially on math and software] then copyrights.

  • by i.r.id10t ( 595143 ) on Friday July 20, 2007 @09:33AM (#19926013)
    Yup, that hand copying of books is a great way to get a 100% accurate copy ... :)

    There was a Pope who was greatly loved by all of his followers, a man
    who led with gentleness, faith and wisdom. His passing was grieved by the
    entire world, Catholic or not.

    As the Pope approached the gates of heaven, it was Saint Peter who greeted
    him in a firm embrace.

    "Welcome your holiness, your dedication and unselfishness in serving your
    fellow man during you life has earned you great stature in heaven. You
    may pass through the gates without delay and are granted free access to all
    parts of heaven."

    "You are also granted an open door policy and may at your own discretion
    meet with any heavenly leader, including the Father without prior appoint-
    ment. Is there anything which your holiness desires?"

    "Well yes," the Pope replied. "I have often pondered some of the mysteries
    which have puzzled and confounded theologians through the ages. Are there
    perhaps andy transcripts which recorded the actual conversations between
    God and the prophets of old? I would love to see what was actually said,
    without the dimming of memories over time."

    Saint Peter immediately ushered the Pope to the heavenly library and
    explained how to retrieve the vaious documents. The Pope was thrilled and
    settled down to review the history of man's relationship with God.

    Two years later a scream of anguish pierced the stacks of the library.
    Immediately several of the Saints and angels came running to the Pope's
    side to learn the cause of his dismay.

    There they found the Pope pointing to a single word on the parchment,
    Repeating over and over, "There's an 'R', There's and 'R'!!!"

    "Look, the word is celibrate, not celibate!"

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton