POSTPONED: Copyright vs. Community
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Richard Stallman (bio), President, Free Software Foundation
Richard Stallman is a legendary figure in software development. His technical contributions include the Emacs editor, the gcc compiler, and the gdb symbolic debugger. Politically, he is known for his clear and uncompromising articulation of the importance of free software, and for his creation of the GNU Project, the Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Public License to further the free software movement.
Stallman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ACM Grace Hopper Award, the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Glasgow and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
The copyright system, developed in the age of the printing press, does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. If we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright -- to promote progress, for the benefit of the public -- then we must make changes in the other direction.