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Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman [NOOK Book]

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The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these 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 ...
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Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman

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Overview

The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781257401635
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 865,162
  • File size: 1,017 KB

Table of Contents

Editor's Note
A Note on Software
Topic Guide
Introduction

Section One: The GNU Project and Free Software
The GNU Project
The GNU Manifesto
Free Software Definition
Why Software Should Not Have Owners
What's in a Name?
Why "Free Software" is Better Than "Open Source"
Releasing Free Software if You Work at a University
Selling Free Software
Free Software Needs Free Documentation
Free Software Song

Section Two: Copyright, Copyleft, and Patents
The Right to Read
Misinterpreting Copyright - A Series of Errors
Science Must 'Push' Copyright Aside
What is Copyleft?
Copyleft: Pragmatic Idealism
The Danger of Software Patents

Section Three: Freedom, Society and Software
Can You Trust Your Computer?
Why Software Should Be Free
Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks
Free Software: Freedom and Cooperation
Words to Avoid

Section Four: The Licenses
GNU General Public License (GPL)
GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)
GNU Free Documentation License (FDL)
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